Newton County Sheriff Robert Burby (above) held a press conference Monday to announce that the DNA from bones found in his county, have been connected to a missing man from Vidor.
Back in July a skull was found near the Sabine River near the Belgrade Community. Several days later some other human bones were found several hundred yards south of that location.
Burby confirmed that those two sets of bones were from the same person, and that person has been identified as 52 year old Wayne Ayers of Vidor. Ayers was reported missing by family in April of this year.
Burby said the case is now considered a homicide.
Weekly Newton Co. Sheriff’s Report
by Sheriff Robert Burby
Calls To Services (November 13, 2023, to November 19, 2023): The Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) answered 73 calls to service.
Newton County had 8 jail transports.
1 from Segovia Unit to NCSO, 1 from Garza Unit to NCSO, 1 from San Jacinto CO to NCSO, 1 from NCSO to Gist Unit, 4 from JCSO to NCSO.
We currently have 27 inmates in the following jails: 19 housed in Newton, 8 housed in Jasper.
The following individuals were booked into the County Jail
Jarrell, Christopher Allen 11/13/23 FS Unauth Use of Vehicle
Ashworth, Mark Dwayne 11/13/23 F2 Agg Asslt w/Deadly Weapon
Hunter, Billie Ray 11/16/23 F* Bench Warrant
Martinez, Javier 11/16/23 F* Bench Warrant
Hughey, Brycton Lewayne 11/19/23 MA Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family
The following calls and reports were received by NCSO:
Bon Wier: Fraud, Welfare Concern, Civil Matter/ Child Custody, Trespassing, Burglary, Animal Nuisance, Officer Assist, Assault Family Violence, Disturbance, Assault
Deweyville: Traffic Hazard, Theft, Burglary, Disturbance x2, Animal Nuisance x2, Harassment, Officer Assist x2, Reckless Driving, Noise Complaint, Extra Patrol, Unauth Use of Vehicle
Newton (Unincorporated Limits): Welfare Concern, Fraud x2, Extra Patrol, Animal Nuisance, Noise Complaint, Officer Assist, Suspicious Activity
Bleakwood: Traffic Hazard, Suspicious Activity, Extra Patrol
Burkeville: Mental Health x2, Illegal Dumping, Welfare Concern x3
Pine Grove: Unauth Use of Vehicle
Trout Creek: Disturbance, Civil Disturbance/Standby, Assault Family Violence,
Call: Animal Nuisance, Burglary, Suspicious Activity, Criminal Mischief, Assist Other Agency
Wiergate: Animal Nuisance, Burglary, Fraud, Disturbance
Sandjack: Animal Nuisance, Suspicious Activity, Harassment, Trespassing
Kirbyville: Harassment, Civil Matter, Welfare Concern
Howards: Suspicious Activity
Farrsville: Animal Nuisance
Fawil: Animal Nuisance,
Old Salem: Welfare Concern
Buckhorn: Animal Nuisance
Retirement for Mrs. Vicki
On Wednesday, November 15th, 2023, we said bye to one of our dedicated employees. Mrs. Vicki, as she was affectionately called, retired from the Sheriff’s Office after 16 years of service. Retirement is a “bittersweet” thing. On one hand you are happy to see someone reach their ultimate goal-retirement, but nevertheless hate to see them go.
I provided our sincere thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Vicki for outstanding work and service to Newton County Sheriff’s Office. Her long and dedicated service concluded a successful career with the Sheriff’s Office as Dispatcher, Jailer, and my Administrative Assistant.
Congratulations on your retirement and I wish all the best for you and your family in the future.