Months After Jasper Man Disappears, Human Remains Are Found - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

6/10/08--Jasper

Months After Jasper Man Disappears, Human Remains Are Found

Eric Wade Smith Eric Wade Smith

by Stuart Burson

A Jasper man is in jail after he was arrested Sunday in connection with the possible murder of another Jasper resident.

Jasper Police Chief Roy Todd Hunter says 35-year-old Eric Wade Smith was arraigned today.

Martin Byerly went missing in September of 2007. Since then, Hunter says they have been treating the case as a homicide.

Saturday, the Jasper County Sheriff's Department got a call about where they might find human remains. Skeletal remains were found at a hunting lease off of Highway 96, about five miles north of Jasper. Hunter says yesterday, Smith directed law enforcement personnel south of Jasper where they were able to obtain a murder weapon.

Police are also searching Smith's residence for more evidence. Tuesday afternoon, police also began conducting an investigation at the Tri-Night Motel in Jasper where the alleged murder took place. Smith is being held in the Jasper City Jail without bond. Wednesday, he'll be transferred to the Jasper County Jail.

Powered by Frankly