Hunt in Tony Lee Myers killing leads to spot in the woods

Mar. 12, 2013 @ 08:20 AM

Investigators hope evidence found in the woods near Five Points in Dudley Shoals on Monday will bring them closer to solving the 2009 killing of Tony Lee Myers.

Investigators with the Granite Falls Police Department, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation converged on a site about about 100 yards off Peach Orchard Road, scanning the ground with a metal detector, digging in some spots and crouching together to inspect what they found. 

"We found lots of things, including shell casings,” Lt. Chris Jenkins of the Granite Falls Police Department said. “Any items found during the search will go the the SBI Crime Lab for analysis.”

The site was searched because of information gained in interviews in the investigation.

Police believe someone walked into Myers' pawn shop on U.S. 321-A in Granite Falls about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 28, 2009, and shot Myers several times. A large number of guns were stolen, and several witnesses reported seeing a man run away. A composite sketch was made and released to the public, but police believe the man may have altered his appearance since the sketch was made public.

In January 2011, gun parts were found discarded along Hickory Boulevard and were traced to the pawn shop. A handgun was found off Temple Hill Church Road within the past two weeks that also was traced back to the pawn shop.

Investigators recently traveled to Quantico, Va., to enlist the aid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavior Analysis Unit to work up a suspect profile. A cash reward of $100,000 was also offered by Jody and Andy Myers, Tony Myers’ sons. According to private investigator Steve Ehlers of Hickory-based Confidential Associates, the brothers added their reward money in hopes of getting someone who may have information to talk. A reward of $25,000 was already being offered through the state, Crime Stoppers and the Myers family.