Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

Murder warrant issued for husband of Seffner woman found burned inside car

TAMPA — The husband of Gwendolyn Belcher, whose burned body was found in her car in September, is wanted in her slaying, authorities announced early Friday.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Christopher K. Belcher, 43, a spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. He is wanted on counts of second-degree murder and arson.

As of early Friday, he had not been arrested, the Sheriff's Office said.

In September, the body of Gwendolyn Belcher, also 43, was found inside her car in Thonotosassa. The Medical Examiner's Office identified her through dental records and ruled her death a homicide.

Neighbors said Gwendolyn Belcher was the mother of three children, ages 17, 23 and 25.

Shortly after her body was discovered, sheriff's deputies arrested Christopher Belcher on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. A judge set his bail at $1 million, but he was released when prosecutors decided not to pursue the charge.

Detectives spent days in the couple's Seffner house looking for evidence in the homicide investigation.

On Friday morning, the sheriff's spokesman said investigators would release more information on the case after Belcher is in custody.

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