Newton County Sheriff Billy Rowles said on Tuesday that he and his deputies now must wait for results from forensic testing on a body that was recovered late last week. Rowles said although it is believed that the body is that of Randy Lynn Holmes, it will take DNA testing or other methods to confirm that.
Meanwhile, there's no word on how long that testing may take.
Holmes went missing from his home on Highway 87 North, just inside the city limits of Newton, in November of 2017 under suspicion of foul play, and a quest to uncover evidence in the case had been underway since that time.
During the investigation, about three months after the disappearance of Holmes, Rowles said that three different people had come forward with information that the 56-year-old man may have been murdered.
On Friday, Rowles said Newton Police Chief Will Jackson and Chief Deputy Cynthia Hall gathered information which led them, along with an evidence response team from the FBI, to an undisclosed location in Newton County on Thursday and there they found the human remains.