SURRY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - A woman's confession to a friend helped unravel a seven year old murder mystery, court documents reveal.
For several days, crews have been digging behind a Surry County home after human remains were found on the property.
WAVY.com obtained a search warrant affidavit from Surry County which explains how investigators were tipped off to the crime scene.
The document states that a Ted Amundsen called the Surry County Sheriff's Office on June 16 and told them a woman he was in a relationship with, Jennifer Sawyer, admitted to him that her husband had committed an unsolved homicide.
A detective interviewed Sawyer on June 18. According to court records, Sawyer said that on January 1, 2006, after a New Years party, her husband, Jeffery Sawyer, shot and killed a man, identified as "David Tyrone." Sawyer told the detective her husband put the body in a sleeping bag and buried him in their back yard on Rolfe Highway.
Sawyer has been behind bars since 2011 on a charge of taking indecent liberties with children. He is listed on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry.
Acting on Amundsen's tip, investigators responded to the home at 12292 Rolfe Hwy. home where they uncovered a man's remains.
Gerald G. Poindexter, the Commonwealth Attorney for Surry County, confirmed Jeffery Sawyer is a suspect in this case, but said he is awaiting positive identification of the victim's remains by the Medical Examiner's Office before he files any charges.
Fran Stanfield has lived in the area for a couple of years. She told WAVY.com, "I'm just glad they found out. From what I understand it was a homeless man and they had taken him in. And it was after a New Year's Eve party this Jeff, I think it's his name, shot him." She went on to say, "We were surprised when we found out about this over here, the body parts."
Stanfield says Jennifer has not returned to the house. "No, she's scared. She's scared for her life. That's what she told my husband."
Tuesday, crews filled in the holes dug behind the house and cleared the area.
Jennifer Sawyer is not facing any charges.
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