A Texas woman found dead late last week was seen on surveillance video footage as she resisted an apparent abduction by her ex-husband, who had allegedly violated a restraining order weeks before she was killed.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Melissa Banda was found dead in a remote part of Hidalgo County on Friday. Police later apprehended Banda’s ex-husband Richard Ford 40, who is now charged with aggravated kidnapping. According to KRGV, Ford is set to appear on court for a bail hearing on Tuesday, when prosecutors are expected to announce at least one additional charge.
A GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign indicates that Banda leaves behind three children. Banda reportedly had a protective order against Ford, and reportedly contacted in police late June to report that he had violated the order by contacting her.
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Citing court records, KRGV reports that investigators have seen surveillance footage showing Ford pulling Banda into an SUV outside her home, believed to be in McAllen, the day before Banda was found dead.
“The video showed that as soon as Ms. Banda arrived at the home, Mr. Ford approached her from behind and grabbed her and covered her mouth,” the court records state.
“Ms. Banda began to kick and scream and Mr. Ford continued to wrestle with her until he got to the Dodge Journey. Mr. Ford is seen shoving Ms. Banda into the backseat and then he gets into the driver seat.”
It is unclear at this time what evidence led investigators to Banda’s body, and authorities have not yet confirmed her cause of death.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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[Feature image: Melissa Banda/GoFundMe]