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Deputies: Burned car with remains belonged to missing woman

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 01:13 PM

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A woman reported missing after fighting with her husband over the weekend is the owner of a burned vehicle found containing skeletal remains in Thonotosassa, deputies said.

Gwendolyn Patricia Belcher, 33, of 3913 Pine St. in Mango, was reported missing Sunday by family members, and deputies are seeking the public's assistance in locating her.

Belcher's 2000 Black Nissan Maxima was found by investigators early Sunday at Taylor Road and Pruett Road. The vehicle was burned and human remains were inside, deputies said. The gender of remains could not be determined due to damage done by the fire, deputies said.

After Belcher was reported missing, deputies interviewed family members, including her husband, Christopher Belcher.

During the interview, it was learned that Christopher and Gwendolyn Belcher got into an argument Saturday night during which Christopher Belcher slapped his wife in the face, deputies said.

Deputies charged him with domestic violence.

About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Gwendolyn Belcher's Nissan was discovered.

She was described as black, 5 feet 1 inch tall and 173 pounds with a medium build. She has black shoulder-length hair, brown eyes, a black T-shirt, black Spandex pants and black-and-gold sandals.

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