Murder Investigation Update

by Christa Lollis

JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Jasper police are still waiting to confirm that the human remains found in June are those of Martin Byerly.

The remains were found outside of Jasper on a hunting lease. Eric Wade Smith, who is accused of killing Byerly, told police where they could find evidence and a weapon. Evidence was obtained and sent to the crime lab after searching a jasper motel.

Now, they are testing DNA to confirm the remains are Byerly's. They already tested his daughter but are now trying to find one more relative in order to have a definite confirmation.