Sabine County Sheriff’s Office releases statement on convicted murderer Matthew Edgar

Edgar’s sister, Jena, says in part, “at this point, neither I or my family members know if my brother is dead or alive.”
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Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 6:28 PM CDT
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SABINE COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - It’s been six months since Matthew Edgar failed to show up for the fourth day of trial for the murder of his girlfriend.

His disappearance from Hemphill launched a manhunt that continues to this day.

Edgar was on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Livye Lewis In October 2020.

The morning he disappeared, the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office launched an intensive search in an area surrounding Edgar’s grandparent’s home in Hemphill.

Since the, Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox has said numerous tips and sightings have come up empty.

The investigator declined an on-camera interview, but released a statement.

“As of the posting of this update, the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office continues the search for Matthew Hoy Edgar, who was sentenced by a jury, to 99 years, in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division for the murder of Livye Lewis.”

“The Sabine County Sheriff’s Office has completed upwards of well over 30 leads regarding the whereabouts of Edgar which involved Western Louisiana parishes, North and East Texas counties, the greater Beaumont, Texas area and locations in New Mexico, Alaska, Alabama and Missouri. There are additional leads pending coverage at this time and all are currently being investigated by this office, the Texas Department of Public Safety or the United States Marshal’s Service.”

We also reached out to the Edgar family for comment.

Edgar’s sister Jena said, in part, “at this point, neither I or my family members know if my brother is dead or alive.”

Edgar’s sister says she believes the search for her brother has been disappointing, and the family at one point assumed Edgar had taken his own life.

Anyone who spots Matthew Edgar or has any information about his whereabouts should contact law enforcement immediately.

There still is a $10,000 reward for information leading to Edgar’s arrest.

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