TYLER CO., TX (KTRE) – Tyler County authorities have confirmed that a murder victim whose body was found on a county road last weekend is that of a missing Spurger man.
The body of Mallie Dewayne Buckner III, 41, Spurger, was found Saturday on County Road 4581. CR 4581 is located just north of Fred, about 1.7 miles east of Highway 92, according to David Hennigan, Tyler County Sheriff.
Buckner had been missing for more than a week. Sheriff's officials are releasing little information about the suspected murder, citing the case is still under investigation.
On March 10, 2012, at approximately 10:30 am, the Tyler County Sheriff's office 9-1-1 dispatch received a call from a citizen of a body found on CR 4581, north of Fred. Investigators found the victim's body approximately 20 feet off the roadway. The victim was tentatively identified by ID found at the scene, as well as distinguishing tattoos, a press release stated.
Buckner's family was notified and his body was taken to Jefferson County for an autopsy.
East Texas News contacted Buckner's grandparents who said they had not spoken to him in years. They said they received a call saying their grandson was found dead and he was being buried Wednesday. They declined further comment.
Investigators would not say how Buckner was killed, nor would they speculate on a motive for his death at this time. They said releasing any further details might impede their investigation. They encourage anyone with information about this case to contact the Tyler County Sheriff department.