MCALLEN, Texas – The McAllen Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman.
Police are looking for Melissa Banda, 37. She is described as a Hispanic female, 5’ 6” in height, weighing about 128 pounds, brown eyes and blonde hair.
According to a release, officials responded to a call involving a disturbance on August 6. Upon arrival, authorities were notified that a man had forced Banda into his vehicle. The suspect was then identified as Richard Ford, 40.
The release states Ford is Banda’s husband.
The suspect vehicle was identified as a Dodge SUV.
Police found the suspect vehicle to be a rental car. Ford’s personal vehicle was later found at the McAllen airport. Authorities then found the Dodge SUV near Beach Access 5 at South Padre Island.
Authorities approached the vehicle and arrested Ford. The release adds, at the time of the arrest Ford had two active warrants for violation of a court order and harassment.
Police say on June 30, Banda reported that Ford had called her. She informed police that there was a protective order prohibiting Ford from making contact with her and provided the court documents.
Ford is being held at the Cameron County Jail on the charges mentioned above, charges associated with this missing person incident are pending, said the release.
Anyone with information regarding Banda’s whereabouts is asked to contact the McAllen Police Department at 956-687-8477.