Fugitive Wanted In Girlfriend’s Death Caught In Central Texas

Colt Morgan (U.S. Marshals Service photo)

LEON COUNTY (December 10, 2013) Colt Morgan, 29, a Harris County fugitive wanted in the murder of his girlfriend who eluded local, state and federal authorities for several weeks has been arrested in Leon County.

Officers from Leon County, the Texas Rangers, the Department of Criminal Justice and the U.S. Marshals Service were involved in the search for Morgan, who’s charged in the death of Wende Marshall, 44.

She was last seen on Oct. 30 and last heard from on Oct. 31, when she called her father to tell him Morgan had asked her to marry him, the sheriff’s office said.

Marshall’s father reported his daughter missing several days later after the couple failed to show up for dinner, authorities said.

Investigators went to the couple’s home in northwestern Harris County where they found blood on a hallway floor, blood spatter on a blanket on a bed, fresh paint on the walls and human bones in the fireplace, authorities said.

Investigators think Morgan stabbed Marshall to death after an argument, and then burned her body and buried it in her backyard, authorities said.

A search of the home turned up human remains, the sheriff’s office said.

The hunt for the fugitive focused on Leon County, where Morgan has relatives, authorities said.