by Christa Lollis
A Jasper murder investigation is closer to being solved. It's a story we first brought you yesterday about skeletal remains that were found just north of Jasper. Eric Wade Smith, who was arrested in connection with the murder told police where they could find the weapon and where it all happened. Last night investigators searched a motel room and after pulling up the carpet found blood and other evidence. That will now be sent to a lab and could take a few months to get results. Authorities identified the body as Martin Byerly who had been missing since September.