Sheriff: Missing Aggie's Body was Burned

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Authorities say they won't find the remains of a dead 19-year-old Texas A&M student because the suspect in the case burned the woman's body in a grill at his home.

The announcement closes a debate over whether law enforcement officials should launch a massive and expensive search of area landfills for the body.

That debate was triggered Friday when the Sheriff's Department announced there would be no search because there was little chance of success.

Investigators say Timothy Wayne Shepherd confessed Wednesday to strangling Tynesha Stewart, his former girlfriend. Shepherd, 27, says he was angry she had begun a new relationship.

Shepherd is charged with murder.

Officials first thought that Shepherd had disposed of the body in a large commercial trash bin that had since been emptied. But they now say Shepherd dismembered the body at his home and burned it in a grill on his patio.

Although human remains generally require extremely high temperatures to destroy, the sheriff says nothing remains of Stewart. He would not discuss how the body could be entirely destroyed.