Through lawyer, estranged husband of missing N. Harris County woman says he's not responsible
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- We have new information in the search for a missing pregnant mother. Melissa Sowders' family has repeatedly stated that her estranged husband played a role in her disappearance. And now, through his lawyer, we have his side of the story.
The first says, "I just want her found. Please someone help me find her."
Note that he asks for help for himself.
Note that "just" is reduction, indicating a comparison to something else (another idea). What else might he be thinking that he feels the need to compare to wanting her found? This is concerning.
The second says, "Please just keep your eyes open."
Again, he uses the word "just" as a comparison. What else would he like people to do?
As an explanation for this word:
Let's suppose I want to sell you a car for $15,000 but instead of showing it to you, I first show you a car for $20,000 even though I know you cannot afford it. After showing it to you, I then say, "well, THIS one is just $15,000!"
"Just" can mean "only", or it can be used as a reduction (above), but in both scenarios, it is a comparison to something else. We seek to learn why the subject feels the need to compare.
"I want her found."
Why would this even need to be said?
But when he added, "I just want her found", it indicates that there is something else on his mind and a follow up question would help clarify.
After Melissa Sowders disappeared, her estranged husband, Matthew, posted two messages on the Eyewitness News Facebook page.
Investigators say the messages were posted the day after Matthew Sowders had stopped cooperating with them, saying he wanted a lawyer. His attorney, Dustan Neyland, spoke to us on his behalf.
"Was Matthew involved in her disappearance?" we asked.
"Absolutely not," he told us.
Melissa Sowders, 26, vanished on December 26 after meeting Matthew at a McDonald's on FM 1960 where she was supposed to pick up their four children. The sheriff's office suspects foul play and is searching for her body.
So we asked what Matthew Sowders says happened that day.
"How did things end that day that he saw her? How did they part ways?" we asked.
"I can't make any comments on the police investigation. If there is anything, I'll let them reveal that to the media," Neyland answered.
We also asked why we aren't we hearing from Matthew himself.
"If he had nothing to do with it, what does he have to hide?" we asked.
Neyland answered, "He doesn't. He's already talked to police."
Jason Sanford, Melissa's boyfriend, and the father of her unborn child, disagrees.
"Every time she had to meet him to see her babies, she was always worried about him," said Sanford. "He scared her." Sanford claims the ex didn't know she was two-months pregnant with his child.
"She was afraid to tell him because of what she thought he might do because of previous physical abuse," said Sanford. "That she said, so she didn't want to tell him."
Texas Equusearch and detectives were busy focusing on a deep area of Cypress Creek Wednesday about a half mile east of I-45. They're using underwater cameras trying to make out an unidentified image.
They say they want to determine if it's possibly Sowders before calling in the dive team to look further.
"It's just waiting, we're waiting," said Sanford. "There's nothing else we can do but wait."
Detectives tell us Matthew Sowders is not being cooperative right now. On Monday, they seized his truck and are processing that as the investigation here continues. He has not been named as a suspect in this case.