Activists Say Search for Stewart's Remains is Warranted

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Some community activists still want a landfill searched for a Houston woman, even though officers believe her ex-boyfriend burned her remains.

Nineteen-year-old Texas A&M freshman Tynesha Stewart was
last seen alive March 15. Timothy Shepherd was charged with murder last week after telling authorities he strangled and dismembered Stewart.

Shepherd, who said he was angry that Stewart had started a new relationship, is held on $250,000 bond.

Robert Muhammad of the Nation of Islam Tuesday said that without a thorough search of the landfill, they don't know if the sheriff's department can make the case.

Over the weekend, Harris County Sheriff Tommy Thomas said investigators determined Shepherd burned Stewart's remains on a patio grill and there are no body parts to be found.

Lieutenant John Martin Tuesday said nothing the sheriff said has changed.

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