TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Five arrests have been made in connection to an ongoing investigation into a burned, decomposing body that was found in a rural area off of FM 92 in the Fred area, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. Four of the suspects have been charged with murder.
The sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in finding a sixth suspect.
According to a press release, Jeremy Arrington, 38, of Spurger, and James Pratt, 25, of Nederland, are both being held in the Tyler County Jail. Jeremy Arrington was charged with tampering with physical evidence, and Pratt was charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. Jeremy Arrington's bail amount has been set at $150,000, and Pratt's collective bail amount has been set at $450,000.
Thomas Swafford,24, and Jacob Arrington, 25, both of Nederland, are being held in the Jefferson County Jail. Each man was charged with murder and tampering with evidence. The collective bail amount was set at $350,000 each for Swafford and Jacob Arrington.
A fifth suspect is being held in the Jasper County Jail. Scott Ford, 28, of Orange, was also charged with murder and tampering with evidence. His collective bail amount has been set at $350,000.
"Information on the sixth suspect will be released as details become available," the press release stated.
The Tyler County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers started a murder investigation after a burned and decomposed body was found in a rural area off of FM 92 in the Fred Area on May 27. The man was later identified as Brandon Robertson, 25, of Nederland.
An autopsy revealed that Robertson had been shot multiple times, the press release stated.
"Two months, you think about it to the day, it's an eternity for the family waiting for information," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.
Specifics of the investigation remain unknown, but Weatherford said they are confident to locate the sixth suspect.
"During the Murder Investigation, Tyler County Detectives and Texas Rangers reviewed evidence from multiple crime scenes within Jefferson and Tyler Counties," the press release stated. "Numerous interviews of witnesses and suspects were conducted and multiple confessions were attained. The investigation revealed that Robertson was murdered in Jefferson County and later transported and dumped in Tyler County."
The press release stated that a joint investigation by TCSO detectives, the Texas Rangers, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens let to arrest warrants being issued for six people.
Living in a remote area, just 200 yards from the discovered body, Kenneth Gilchrist, a neighbor, said after the horrific discovery there's been in an increase in police presence, per guidance from Weatherford.
"There's a lot of concerned citizens in that area and we're trying to make sure our police presence is stepped up," Weatherford said.
Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office arrested Ford in an unrelated case on June 13 in connection to allegations that he beat up a 66-year-old man, robbed him of his phone, prescription medicine, and cash, and then tried to steal his truck. He was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery in that case.