Family of murdered woman speaks out in case - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Family of murdered woman speaks out in case

A Texas man is charged with murdering a local woman, but her family tells 7 News that they believe more people are involved in her death.

Josh Latham now faces a murder charge in the death of 41-year-old Tami Higginbotham.

Tami's family reported her missing on Feb. 9 after she reportedly traveled from Vinton to Orange, Texas to sell Latham a cell phone. Her body was found about a week later in a wooded area in Newton County, Texas.

Nearly six months after her murder, it's still hard for Tami's family to wrap their minds around her death.

"Knowing she won't be pulling in the driveway anymore. Sometimes I can still think of her as pulling into that driveway and coming in," said Linda Mauldin, Tami's Mother.

Latham was arrested in the case on a felony probation violation after fleeing to Tennessee. He was recently indicted in Tami's murder. Her family said she only knew Latham for about a week.

"That's why I'm believing someone else has to be involved in it. My sister was a fighter, feisty, she was street smart and she would have not went down without a fight. And there's no way Josh would be the only one who could put her down," said Staci Robinson, Higginbotham's sister.

Since day one, the family has taken an active role in the case - helping investigators retrace Tami's last days.

"Nobody is going to love you like your family does. And nobody is going to put them first like you will. And I know that the police are doing a great job, but they have other things going on. But she's our main, number one issue. We aren't going to stop until we get all of the answers," said Robinson.

"We aren't going to let them just let it go. We do think they are doing what they can to find out what happened, especially Texas Ranger Bobby Smith and Deputy Corkran with the Newton County, Texas Sheriff's Office. We appreciate what they've done. We expect to follow this all the way through," said Mauldin.  

An autopsy revealed that Higginbotham was strangled. In addition to the murder charge, Latham also faces a charge of tampering with evidence.

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