Missing EMC Woman’s Husband Charged with Murder

RUSSELL.ORVILLEThe Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is not confirming the identity of the body recovered in Liberty County Saturday, but the husband of a missing Splendora woman was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a murder charge the same day.

Orville Clay Russell, 70, is charged with Murder. His bond is set at $1 million.

Angela Porter Russell, 45, was last seen December 18, one day after she became the grandmother of twin girls. Missing posters were plastered all over East Montgomery County and posted everywhere Russell’s family and friends could find online. Local television stations reported her disappearance, and she was featured on an episode of NBC’s Dateline.

According to Public Records, Oklahoma native Orville Russell married Angela Porter Russell in Montgomery County in 1992. At 48 years old, he was more than twice her age at the time. She was only 22.

Orville Russell has a lengthy criminal record with a variety of felony charges and has been in prison more than once. Until Saturday, Russell’s most recent felony arrest was for second-degree felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in 2006. That charge was dismissed in 2007 when the complaining witness no longer wanted the prosecution to move forward. The complaining witness was not his wife.

Multiple sources provided a statement from Angela Porter-Russell’s family to their friends saying, in part, “We received some answers today, just not the ones we wanted to hear.”

It went on to say an arrest was made and her body was recovered. The message said no further information would be released right now because they are “heartbroken,” adding that it was not the resolution they hoped for.

The family thanked friends for their prayers and concern and asked they continue to pray for what the family now faces. They also thanked the MCSO.

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  1. patricia123

    The comments made here about the “complaining witness” choosing to NOT go forward with it…you don’t know that it wasn’t one of his grown children…or another family member…you have no clue who it was so how can you dump this on anyone else..?? unless you have been in this situation with abuse you cannot know how one deals with it…so for the sake of family members of Angelas maybe you should think before you blame anyone else other than the one person responsible. her husband

  2. spk

    Very good comment and common sense! Too bad the person who chickened out of charging him before didn’t have that kind of sense. Criminals are not going to change or get better—-ever—-unless they are dead.

  3. LocalDrifter

    Russell’s most recent felony… Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in 2006 charge was dismissed in 2007 when the complaining witness no longer wanted the prosecution to move forward.

    Smoooooth Mooooove there, complaining witness. See what happens when you lack guts to follow through and do the right thing? Someone gets whacked further on down the line. You’ll need train load of Tide to wash Angela’s blood off your hands now.

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