Warrant Issued For Man Wanted For Murder

The Smith County Sheriff's Department has issued a warrant for the person they believe murdered a Tyler man. They're looking for Brian Daniel Alana, who has a criminal history, including possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers found the body of 40-year-old Edward Erwin in the woods of northeast Smith County yesterday. Sheriff J.B. Smith says Erwin also had a history of criminal offenses in the county, including aggravated assault, burglary, and family violence. Investigators found his body near a pond off CR 381. He had been badly beaten and was partially clothed. Sheriff Smith says Tyler police received an anonymous tip about a hit and run about a mile away from where the body was found, but the sheriff says a fight was likely the cause of his death.

Julie Tam, reporting.