Convicted felon accused of killing his wife who's been missing since 2010


Police won't say specifically what new evidence they have leading to this pursuit of a murder charge against the victim's husband, but court documents give us a glimpse of what investigators believe happened.

It's been more than a year and a half since anyone heard from Taffy Rawls Overstreet.

"Very humble lady, very caring, always willing to help," neighbor Valerie Fisher said.

Now Houston police detectives want to charge her husband, 59-year-old Archie Lynn Overstreet, with her murder.

According to court documents , the day before Taffy Overstreet disappeared, she called her son and told him her husband had assaulted her. She asked her son to come help, soon, to move the husband out of her house. Investigators say when the son arrived a few days later, no one was there and Taffy's car and cell phone were missing. Police later were able to trace her phone as it was turned on and off: from Houston to Rosenberg to Lake Charles; then to Jacksonville Florida, to New York and then back to Jacksonville.

Archie Overstreet was arrested in Jacksonville on a parole warrant. He'd been on parole at the time of the disappearance. Court filings indicate police found in his possession -- in her car -- a roll of duct tape with what appeared to be blood on it and a 9mm handgun.

Taffy Rawls Overstreet's body has never been found, a reality not forgotten by those who knew and loved her.

"That's heartbreaking 'cause you never know your neighbors. She was a good woman," Fisher said.

Archie Overstreet told police his wife was asleep in bed at home when he last saw her. He said he took her phone, computer, car and debit card and left because he was tired of all the "restrictions" in his life. He insists he had nothing to do with her disappearance and denied killing her.

A grand jury will now decide whether to charge Archie Overstreet with murder. He remains in custody for now.

Court documents state Overstreet was convicted of aggravated sexual assault as well as attempted capital murder of a police officer in 1986.

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