Mom-of-three, 37, found dead after ‘ex-husband kidnapped her by shoving her into his SUV’ – The Sun

A TEXAS mother-of-three was found dead Friday night, after allegedly being kidnapped by her ex-husband.

Melissa Banda, 37, was found dead in rural Hidalgo County, according to KRGV.


Her ex-husband Richard Ford, 40, was arrested on Thursday and charged with aggravated kidnapping on Saturday after witnesses reported that he shoved Banda into an SUV.

“[Melissa] coached her daughters' soccer team, worked full time and was always willing to help out those less fortunate,” a GoFundMe page set up for the late woman’s 3 young children reads.

Banda had a protective order against Ford. She asserted that he had violated this on June 30 by calling her. 

“The victim reported 'her ex-husband, Richard Ford … called her … [that] morning … when answering the call Richard stayed quiet on the line,” a news release said.

"…there is currently a protection order which prohibits him from making any contact with her," it continued.

Ford is being held on $2.5 million bond.

Banda was with her sister, Cindy, just two hours before her disappearance, a KRGV report from Friday reported.

The death of Banda is being investigated by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit, according to a tweet from Hidalgo Sheriff J.E. Guerra.

“Melissa was taken from us too soon,” the GoFundMe page says.

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