Melissa Banda, 37, was reportedly kidnapped Thursday by Richard Ford, 40, in McAllen, Thursday afternoon
Her lifeless body was found Friday evening in a rural stretch of Hidalgo County
Ford was arrested late Thursday shortly after witnesses dialed 911 at 3:49pm to report they had observed Banda’s ex-husband forcing her into an SUV T
Banda had a protective order against Ford. She accused him of violating that order on June 30 when he allegedly called her
Ford who has a history of violence, was charged with aggravated kidnapping by McAllen police and his bond was set at $2.5 million ahead of a slated court arraignment
Banda leaves behind three children aged 10, 8 and 6 – The couple got married in July 2008 but were now divorced
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating Banda’s death
Richard Ford [photo] of McAllen, Texas is facing possible murder charges after the ex-wife he abducted on Thursday afternoon was found dead 24 hours later
The ex-husband, of a Texas woman who’s lifeless body was found in a remote Texas wasteland has been charged with kidnapping after ‘he was seen forcing his mother-of-three ex-wife, 37, into a rented SUV’ before she was found dead in a field 24 hours later. Mother-of-three Melissa Banda was found dead last week having last been seen alive a day earlier when her ex-husband allegedly forced her into an SUV.
Banda, 37, of McAllen was reportedly kidnapped last Thursday by Richard Ford, 40, and her lifeless body was found just over 24 hours later in a rural stretch of Hidalgo County on Friday.
Ford was arrested late Thursday shortly after witnesses dialed 911 at 3:49pm to report they had observed him forcing Banda into a rented white Dodge SUV, a release from the McAllen Police Department said.
Banda who had a protective order against Ford accused him of violating that order on June 30 after he allegedly called her, staying silent on the line.
Mother-of-three Melissa Banda [photo], was reportedly kidnapped last Thursday by her ex Richard Ford in McAllen, Texas. Her lifeless body was found just over 24 hours later in a rural stretch of Hidalgo County, on Friday
A desperate search to find the mother-of-three continued through Thursday night before coming to a tragic head late Friday, when her ‘lifeless’ body was found by Hidalgo County Sheriffs at 11:33pm.
The circumstances surrounding the discovery of her body also remains unclear and pending the outcome of an autopsy, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office has not revealed cause and manner of death for the mother-of-three.
Banda’s sister, Cindy Banda, eulogized her in a Facebook post after her body was found, remembering her sibling as ‘the best sister you could ever ask for,’ adding that Melissa was her ‘everything’.
A GoFundMe meant to benefit Melissa Banda’s three young children raised over $19,000 out of a $20,000 goal as of Tuesday afternoon.
Banda leaves behind three children, ages six, 10, and 12, according to a GoFundMe Page set up to benefit them.
‘Melissa Banda was a young, beautiful, smart and kind woman,’ Jennifer Cardenas wrote in tribute on the fundraiser. ‘She was the mother of 3 children who meant the world to her.
‘She coached her daughters’ soccer team, worked full time, and was always willing to help out those less fortunate.’