Investigation continues following discovery of body

Crime StockBy Ray Van Dusen

Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – Authorities will know later this week a final ruling from the state medical examiner’s office regarding the discovery of a missing Aberdeen woman Friday, according to Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle.

“When I do charges of this magnitude, I don’t want to go home and not be sure. I want to be 100 percent,” Randle said Sunday afternoon.

No charges have been filed and authorities took Teresa Ewing’s ex-boyfriend, Bryan Lyons, back into custody Friday following the discovery of the body in a wooded area approximately 25 yards off of Peacock Alley in the south part of Aberdeen.

Lyons was released from custody Sept. 11 on charges of taking Ewing’s Chevy Tahoe. She was last seen with him the night she was last seen by her family.

“We’ve questioned him several times, and he’s been cooperating, and he is not running from authorities,” Randle said.

Lyons will take a polygraph test later this week regarding the case. Randle said the Aberdeen Police Department has a second suspect in mind, but did not release a name.

Speculation has surrounded this case in the 19 days authorities investigated her disappearance. The family of Ewing, 25, reported her missing on Aug. 25.

“People are saying the body was placed there. The MBI determined by the position that she had been there the whole time,” Randle said.

He also clarified the body was not found in a well and that what appeared to be a belt found Friday, along with the discovery of human bones near the crime scene, was a dog collar.

“I appreciate the hard work and effort of the citizens and volunteers throughout the search. They have helped us keep out a lot of negative comments, and the participation rate was good,” Randle said.

Citizens gathered Sunday evening for a prayer vigil for Ewing to pay their respects.

ray.vandusen@journalinc.com