Texas EquuSearch volunteers found a body underwater in Cypress Creek on Thursday morning after an exhaustive, six-day search of the wooded area. An autopsy has yet to confirm the identity of the body.
January 3, 2014, Houston, Texas (KHOU) — There are disturbing new details in the death of a pregnant mother. On Friday morning her estranged husband, Matt Sowders, appeared in probable cause court where a judge found reason to charge him with capital murder.
On Thursday, Texas EquuSearch volunteers found the body believed to be that of 26-year old Melissa Sowders in Cypress Creek. They had been searching for her since Saturday.
Within hours, U.S. Marshals, Harris County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force took Matt Sowders, 28, into custody at his parents’ home in Humble.
They had guns drawn as he walked out from the house with his father.
“Get on the ground,” marshals yelled, and both Sowders’ immediately did.
In court early Friday morning, prosecutors said two women heard separate confessions on the day of Melissa Sowders’ disappearance a week ago.
One said she even saw what she believed to be a lifeless body from the doorway of the Sowders’ apartment when she went to visit.
“When she looked past [Matt] towards the hallway she observed what she believed to be the feet and lower legs of a female lying on the floor of the apartment,” the prosecuting attorney said.
That witness then called Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies and next called Matt Sowders with a deputy on the line. Prosecutors said Sowders admitted on the phone to killing his wife.
The other witness said she received a visit.
“She said that the defendant told her he had strangled Melissa to death after she pulled a gun on him. He told her he blacked out. When he came to, she was dead. He said he stuffed her into a large black trash can and transported her to Cypress Creek. And there he submerged her body,” the prosecutor said.
Matt Sowders, Melissa Sowders