ALMA, Texas — Authorities have identified the human remains found in July just outside of the Ennis city limits and made an arrest connected to the murder.
Dental records show the remains found July 15 in Alma to be those of Tia Marie Spearman, formerly of Lawton, Oklahoma, who had been living in Little Elm with her boyfriend, Guy Wayne Lynch. Little Elm Police arrested Lynch, originally of Aubrey, Texas, after investigators discovered corroborating evidence linking him to the murder. He was then transported to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office for arraignment and has had a bond set at $1 million.
Department records show Lynch was booked into the Denton County jail on Wednesday.
“On Aug. 14 at approximately 10:30 a.m. the Ellis County Criminal Investigations [Department] was contacted by Lancaster Police Department regarding a missing person,” Ellis County Sheriff’s PIO Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald said. “The missing person was identified as Tia Marie Spearman, an African American female, [who was] 21 years of age."
Fitzgerald stated the Biloxi (Mississippi) Police Department first contacted the Lancaster Police Department after receiving information that Spearman may have gone missing from Biloxi around June.
“Ms. Spearman’s family had not heard from her since May 2017. Biloxi Police Department Investigations Division discovered Ms. Spearman had an associated address in the city of Lancaster,” Fitzgerald said. “As a result, Lancaster Police Investigators contacted Ellis County Investigators knowing the ongoing investigation of the unidentified human remains found in Ellis County.”
Ellis County Investigators spoke with Spearman’s family and obtained dental records. Those records were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification for comparison. The records were a match.
The case remains an active investigation and a press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.