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Reward offered for information that leads to arrest of Christopher Belcher in connection with wife's murder

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Tampa, Florida -- Hillsborough County detectives are searching for 43-year-old Christopher Belcher who is wanted in connection with the murder of his wife Gwendolyn.

Gwendolyn's skeletal remains were found in a burned car on Sept. 17, one day after she was reported missing by her family.

During the investigation into her death, detectives learned she and her husband, Christopher, had gotten into a fight after he came home from a birthday party Saturday night and he slapped her in the face.

Once deputies learned of this incident, they arrested Christopher for domestic violence around 3 o'clock on the morning of Sept. 17. His bond had been set at a million dollars, but the state attorney's office dropped the charge, saying they just didn't have enough evidence to hold him.

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Despite the fact the state attorney's office dropped the charge, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office decided to move forward with investigating the case.

Now, they are ready to re-arrest Belcher and charged him with Second Degree Arson and Second Degree Murder but they need the public's help finding him. He is described as a black male, 5'6", 180 pounds, with brown eyes and bald. 

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Christopher Keith Belcher.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Belcher and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS(8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com , text "CSTB plus your tip" to 274637(CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new "Tipsubmit Mobile"application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids. (Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help.)


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