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Texas man accused of kidnapping in death by football mom who was his ex-wife



A man in Texas has been accused of kidnapping the death of his ex-wife – a football mother with three children, according to reports.

Richard Ford, 40, is also facing a murder investigation into the woman’s death, Melissa Banda, 37, authorities said.

Ford was arrested after deputies looking for a brush in a rural area in Hidalgo found her body on Friday, KRGV-TV reported on Sunday.

On Thursday, McAllen police began looking for Ford after they said he had seen forcing Banda into a white SUV against her will, the station reported.

Mugshot for Richard Ford, 40.

Mugshot for Richard Ford, 40.
(Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)

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Banda accused him of violating a protection order she received against him on June 30.

“The victim reported that her ex-husband, Richard Ford … called her … [that] in the morning … when he answered the call, Richard stopped quietly on the line … there is currently a protection order forbidding him to contact her, police say according to the station.

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Deputies found Ford and the SUV on San Padre Island.

“HCSO’s major crime unit will take the lead in the capital homicide investigation,” Hidalgo County Sheriff JE “Eddie” Guerra said on Twitter.

Friends at GoFundMe described Banda as a smart and kind woman who had three children, ages 6, 10 and 12, and coached the football team for her daughters.

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KVEO-TV reported on Sunday that Ford was released from prison in 2010 after serving eight years on an attempted murder.


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