Public's Help Sought in 2009 Granite Falls Murder
12/28/2012 2:18:58 PM
Granite Falls Police continue to seek the public’s help in identifying the person responsible for the murder of Tony Lee Myers. Mr. Myers was murdered three years ago today (December 28) inside the Granite Gun & Pawn Shop at 90 South Main Street in Granite Falls. Numerous firearms were also stolen from the pawnshop.
Granite Falls Police, in coordination with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, the ATF and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit & Laboratory, are processing all forensic evidence and pursuing numerous leads.
As previously reported, several witnesses saw a young white male inside the pawnshop prior to the crime. A similar individual was seen running from the crime scene. Based on eyewitness accounts, a sketch was produced to assist in the identification of the suspect, though authorities remind the public that the subject may have altered his appearance after the sketch was released.
In January of 2011, some of the stolen firearms were found discarded along Highway 321 in Granite Falls. The person who discarded the firearms had altered the weapons, indicating that the weapons had been fired frequently and that the person in question had an above average skill set with firearms.
Recently, Investigators traveled to Quantico, Virginia where they presented the facts of the case to elite members of the FBI’s Behavior Analysis Unit (BAU). The BAU assists law enforcement with behavioral assessments of offenders and studies characteristics that may identify a potential suspect.
The FBI has joined Granite Falls Police and other agencies in a combined effort to identify the offender. Authorities have released a few of the initial points from their analysis in order to make the public aware of the type of individual believed to be responsible for Mr. Myers’ murder. The subject is believed to have engaged in recognizable behaviors and activities during and around the commission of his crime. He possesses certain traits and characteristics that are noted by those around him.
· He is able to focus on outcomes he wants to achieve; some might consider him “mission-oriented.” Despite those talents, there are certain flaws in his personality, noted by those who know him well.
· Problematic aspects of his personality will likely have caused him problems with authority figures and issues with employment, schooling and relationships. Some may think he has not lived up to his potential.
Around and after the time of the crime, others may have noticed him engaging in certain behaviors and activities.
· His skills and choice of weapons suggest some type of familiarity and training with them. He may be self-taught with weapons (i.e., through videos/magazines). He has likely practiced a great deal with the weapons and those around him will note his abilities and interest in them. In the days and weeks prior to the crime, he may have increased his practice with weapons.
· He may have changed his appearance after the crime, such as cutting or shaving his hair.
· He may have displayed uncharacteristic behavior, such as being silent and quiet about the crime when others would have expected him to be interested. Conversely, he may also display an uncharacteristic fascination in the news of the crime. The key point is that the stress of the event may cause him to behave differently from his norm.
A $25,000 reward is available for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information regarding the crime is encouraged to contact the Granite Falls Police Department at 828-396-3358 or mail information anonymously to 5 Falls Avenue, Granite Falls N.C. 28630. Information can also be emailed to www.granitefallspolicenc.us.
The NCSBI can be reached at 828-294-2226. The public may also call Caldwell County Crime Stoppers 828-758-8300 or the ATF GUNS hotline at 800 ATF GUNS (800-283-4867). Persons contacting those organizations may remain completely anonymous.
(Pictured: artist's rendering of the possible suspect in the 2009 murder of Tony Lee Myers, courtesy of Granite Falls Police Dept.)
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