Wife of missing chiropractor files for divorce
Aug. 23, 2017 at 10:06 p.m.
Updated Aug. 24, 2017 at 6 a.m.
GOLIAD - The wife of a missing Goliad man is filing for divorce so she can manage her family's assets in her husband's absence, her lawyer said Wednesday.
"We are here today because we have got a personal and financial mess," said Shannon T. Moore, a Houston attorney representing Sherrill Towery, 48.
The court appointed Victoria attorney Joyce Heller to represent Dr. Glenn Layne Towery, 56, who has been missing since mid-April.
Sherrill Towery, who declined to comment, visited the Goliad County courthouse Wednesday morning to gain the rights of property she shares with her husband.
Monday, she filed for divorce, a necessary legal step in obtaining property rights, Moore said.
"She can't make the monthly mortgage," he said.
Dr. Glenn Layne Towery's truck was found parked off of a private road in southeast Victoria County in early May.
A Victoria County Sheriff's Office investigator testified before District Judge Jack Marr alongside Sherrill Towery Wednesday that his office is still investigating the disappearance.
"We presume we are never going to see him again," Moore said in a phone interview after the hearing.
Despite that presumption, Texas laws prevent officially presuming a missing person dead until seven years have passed, Heller said.
"With a missing spouse, you can't just sell their half of the property," she said.
Although the divorce lists "discord or conflict of personalities" between the couple as its grounds, Moore said Sherrill Towery's appearance before a judge Wednesday was motivated by a need to protect her family's interests.
Texas family laws give husbands and wives equal rights to most property, Moore said.
A west Goliad County home owned by Glenn Layne Towery is valued at $310,945, according to property records.
Moore said his client has two options.
"It either gets foreclosed on and they lose their equity, or we proceed under the family code to get management rights over this asset," he said.