Body Of Man With Criminal History Found

Smith County deputies say they found a body of a man with a long criminal record. Officers found him this afternoon near a pond off C.R. 381. Investigators say he'd been beaten about the head. Sheriff J.B. Smith says detectives have identified the man as 40-year-old Edward Erwin. The sheriff says Tyler police received an anonymous tip leading them to the wooded area.

"When our units arrived, we found blood on the pavement and what we considered to be, thought to be human bone. We canvassed the neighborhood, talked to some, could find no witnesses," said Smith.

Erwin's criminal history includes multiple cases of burglary, assault, and family violence. Sheriff Smith says officers expect to issue a warrant for the arrest of a suspect soon.

Julie Tam, reporting.