Friday, May 25, 2018
Public safety

Detectives return Seffner murder suspect to Hillsborough

TAMPA — Detectives delivered a homicide suspect to the Hillsborough County jail Thursday who had been arrested in South Carolina last week on a warrant for the murder of his wife.

Christopher Belcher, 43, of Seffner, was booked at 2 p.m., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Hours after her family reported her missing on Sept. 16, deputies found the skeletal remains of Belcher's wife, 43-year-old Gwendolyn Belcher, inside her burned Nissan on a Seffner road. He was arrested the day after the discovery on domestic violence charges but ultimately released as deputies built the murder case.

When an arrest warrant was issued for Belcher on Oct. 26, he was no longer staying in his Seffner home. U.S. marshals tracked him to his sister's home in Greenville, S.C., and arrested him. Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives escorted Belcher back to Florida to face the homicide charge.

He also is charged with arson.

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