Through lawyer, estranged husband of missing N. Harris County woman says he's not responsible


After Melissa Sowders disappeared, her estranged husband, Matthew, posted two messages on the Eyewitness News Facebook page.

The first says, "I just want her found. Please someone help me find her." The second says, "Please just keep your eyes open."

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 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 Melissa 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. "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 continues. He has not been named as a suspect in this case.

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