Evidence from Russell County leads police to 3rd murder suspect of Eufaula man

Evidence from Russell County leads police to 3rd murder suspect of Eufaula man

EUFAULA, AL (WTVM) - Police in Eufaula are pleading to the public for help in a case where a man was viciously murdered.

26-year-old Deyasmine Sheppard’s body was found buried in a shallow grave. Now, investigators are on the hunt for one of the three suspects they believe were behind the incident.

“You know that we are looking for you. We are not going to stop looking for you until we find you,” a strong message coming from Eufaula Police Sgt. Donald Brown, intended for Robert Dean Thomas, better known as Bobby Thomas. Thomas is the third suspect in a March case where a missing man’s body was found buried off Gammage Road.

“We had both forensic and DNA analysis that linked him to this murder,” Brown said. Evidence from a separate crime scene in Russell County, Alabama where Deyasmine Sheppard’s car was found linked Thomas to this investigation.

Police believe a trio is behind Sheppard’s death that involved using heavy machinery to bury the body.

A quick arrest of 24-year-old Jesse Maness and 22-year-old Isabella Dooley was made shortly after the body was found.

Investigators said Maness and the victim may have known one another. Both suspects are charged with murder.

“We have evidence to support the fact linking them to the murder of Mr. Sheppard," Brown explained.

Meantime, authorities from the local to national level are searching for 45-year-old Thomas. Thomas is not from the Eufaula area, but police believe he has connection to others that live there.

“We are asking Thomas himself. You know we are looking for you. If you can hear us or see us, by all means turn yourself in. Whatever local agency you’re near, let us know where you are and we will come get you," Brown said.

Maness and Dooley have bonded out of jail since being arrested.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Thomas, you are asked to call Eufaula police at 334-687-1200. Police say Thomas is considered armed and dangerous and ask you not approach the suspect.

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