Harris County Sheriff' Tommy Thomas announced Saturday night there will be no search for the body of Tynesha Stewart, the 19-year-old Texas A&M student who was murdered March 15.
``There are no remaining body parts,'' Thomas said at a press conference. ``We have determined through this investigation that the defendant dismembered the victim and burned her body parts. There is no body to be found. Based on that information, there will be no search. The family is aware of this and they understand.''
Thomas, who called on local media to give the Stewart family privacy, said Timothy Wayne Shepherd burned Stewart's body in a barbecue grill on his patio at his apartment in the 17700 block of Red Oak in northwest Harris County.
When investigators examined Shepherd's apartment, the bathroom had been scoured almost completely clean with ammonia.
Shepherd's neighbors said Saturday that last week he was barbecuing at all hours of the day, for days at a time, at his apartment, No. 224.
James Hebert, 18, often played video games and barbecued with his ``nice'' next-door neighbor. In fact, they cooked out together so frequently Hebert kept his grill at Shepherd's place.
But starting on March 15 , he noticed Shepherd was cooking - on his own grill and on Hebert's pit - ``non-stop`` for two days.
This time, however, Shepherd hadn't invited him over, nor did he share. When he asked for some of what he was cooking, Shepherd refused, saying he was cooking for a wedding.
On March 16 around 7:45 p.m., Hebert and his roommate, Cithara Gomez, became alarmed when they looked over and saw dark-colored smoke billowing from Shepherd's patio.
Concerned the building might be on fire, they called 9-1-1.
When a firefighter and Harris County deputy arrived at the apartment, Shepherd quickly told them he had everything under control.
``He (Shepherd) came to the door real quick,'' said Hebert, who saw Stewart at Shepherd's apartment the day before she was killed. ``His face was real sweaty.''