A 71-year-old man was tracked more than 700 miles Thursday to a city in Missouri before he was arrested in the Tuesday slaying of Richard Byrd of Lumpkin, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday in a release.
James Eggleston was arrested at 9:44 p.m. without incident at a hotel room in Wentzville, Mo. He was charged with murder and transported to the St. Charles County Jail where he is awaiting extradition to Stewart County.
Eggleston was developed as a suspect early in the death of 69-year-old Byrd, who died after an assault with a sharp-edged weapon. Neither the GBI nor the coroner has said what was used to kill Byrd of 340 Hall Road, the same address listed for the suspect.
Authorities tracked Eggleston across the country through unidentified means while gathering enough information to arrest him. A warrant was issued Thursday for Eggleston before the Wentzville Police Department was called for assistance. He was located in a hotel room in the Missouri city and a SWAT team was used to make the arrest due to the violent nature of Byrd’s death.
The Stewart County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the GBI in the investigation after Byrd was found dead at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the home where both men lived.
The GBI agents joined sheriff’s deputies in conducting interviews and processing the scene for evidence in connection with the slaying.