Tim Miller & Texas Equusearch Hope to Do Landfill Search at No Cost to Authorities or Family for Missing Tynesha Stewart


19 year old Tynesha Stewart has been missing since March 15, 2007. Sadly, she is Tynesha Stewart5presumed dead as her ex-boyfriend, Timothy Wayne Shepherd , has confessed to her murder. Steward told authorities that he dumped Tynesha Stewart’s body in a garbage bin. This is when the story takes a contentious turn.

Houston authorities are balking at the premise of a landfill search due to the enormity and cost of such a search.

Because of that and the sheer volume of trash needed to be searched, sheriff’s officials say they are considering not searching the landfills at all. In addition, the search could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“You can see how this is going to be expensive, and there is little confidence that it would even turn up anything,” said Lt. Martin.

Enter Tim Miller of Texas Equusearch and their many volunteer members and connections toTim-Miller200 get the right assets for searching for missing loved ones. We spoke with Tim Miller regarding the prospects of the landfill search. Tim Miller stated, “that they have been talking to and will be meeting with Waste Management in the morning regarding the search of the landfill where Tyneshia Stewart’s body is believed to be”. Tim Miller had also met with the family of Tyneshia. Tim Miller told us the following, “I have every intention of doing this search and it will be at no cost to the Sheriff’s department or the family. I am optimistic that we can find her. Tyneshia Stewart needs to be found and brought home to her family.”

For the full story from the beginning and updates go to Missing & Exploited

UPDATE I: Agony, anger over decision not to hunt for teen’s body

We will just say that no search is impossible. If that were the case no searches for missing people would ever be initiated. Searching is not an easy job, if it were everyone would be doing it. That being said, there is no reason why the attempt should not be made. The issue seems to be cost, yet TES has stated they would do the search at no cost to the city or the family. Give the search a chance. No missing person should be considered garbage.

Faced with the “virtually impossible” task of excavating 40,000 tons of landfill waste to find Tynesha Stewart’s body, Harris County sheriff’s officials made the agonizing decision Thursday night that the odds of success were too remote to try.

Sheriff’s officials met with the slain Texas A&M University student’s mother, Gale Shields, shortly before a scheduled 7 p.m. candlelight vigil to inform her there would be no search for her daughter’s body.

“Oh my God!” a sobbing Shields said later. “It just broke my heart that they could put a dollar amount on my, on a person’s life, especially if they probably know where she is. … And they just want to leave her out there. They just want us to leave her out there in the trash because of a dollar amount. I just can’t understand that.” (Houston Chronicle)

All Updates from the beginning can be read HERE.

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  • Comments

    26 Responses to “Tim Miller & Texas Equusearch Hope to Do Landfill Search at No Cost to Authorities or Family for Missing Tynesha Stewart”

    1. justice4nat on March 23rd, 2007 12:41 am

      God Bless Tim Miller for helping and my prayers are with Tynesha’s family.

    2. houston on March 23rd, 2007 4:36 am

      I think it is wrong for Harris County not to spend the money to look for her in the landfill. The landfill is not a graveyard….we pay one lawyer much more money to defend one murder case.

    3. tex on March 23rd, 2007 9:14 am

      I remember seeing Natalees dad searching the landfill for his daughters remains and the Aruban gov’t backfilling what he dug up when he left for the day. When Dave returned he was exasperated at what they had done, then he realized the Aruban gov’t didn’t want her body to be found. When Natalee’s mom went to the State Department and asked for help they shrugged their shoulders and did nothing. Folks – these are people who we pay tax dollars to and should be supporting us, not their decision or agenda until all avenues have been exhausted. Just the thought of leaving your loved one in the landfill is a sick thought.

    4. dennisintn on March 23rd, 2007 9:37 am

      amen, justice.

    5. Mike on March 23rd, 2007 10:35 am

      It’s despicable…if it were a Sheriff’s department family member in that dump they would have already been digging. To me this is a no brainer…start digging as soon as you knew her body was most likely there….they found Lori Hacking didn’t they. They should be ashamed of themselves.

    6. joe bear on March 23rd, 2007 10:43 am

      Bless you Tim.

    7. pdh3 on March 23rd, 2007 12:26 pm

      What a tragedy. Every human being deserves to be buried with dignity, and every family deserves the closure of knowing where a loved one’s remains are resting. It just compounds the pain for this young woman’s family to have to think of their loved one in a garbage dump.
      Tim Miller is one of the most heroic, decent men in this country. God Bless him, and give him strength, because so often, he is all these families have in their time of greatest need.

    8. Miss-Underestimated on March 23rd, 2007 1:26 pm

      Thank you Tim Miller, a true man of the people.

    9. Sahara on March 23rd, 2007 1:41 pm

      My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

      God bless Tim and the members of T E.

      Shame on Harris County.

    10. houston on March 23rd, 2007 1:49 pm

      Number 3, yes Tex I remember also. I will also remember when it comes time to vote in Harris County. OUr county officials are getting to be worthless.

      This young girl’s body can be found….if they did it in UTAH in 33 days, we can do it in Texas. I’m for giving this young girl’s family closure….we must find her.

    11. Cheryl Benskin on March 23rd, 2007 2:55 pm

      I am so proud of Tim Miller and Texas Equusearch, and the statements they have made, wanting to go and do this gruesome task, free of charge, and being told NO….go to their website texasequusearch.org, and please join them at their upcoming fundraiser on May 19th. They work hard for the lost and missing, and they don’t ask for money. Way to go TES.

    12. Carpe Noctem on March 23rd, 2007 3:04 pm

      Tim, you look like a guy who’d like country.

      …but you ROCK!

      You do great work, ol’ boy. Please continue,
      and God Bless you and your crew.

    13. da_wench on March 23rd, 2007 7:58 pm

      God Bless Tim & TES

    14. houston on March 23rd, 2007 8:40 pm

      Since 98 % of the people in the County want this girl found….the County Changed their mind. Waste Mangement has determined that a half acre should be searched first and it is 20 feet deep. Tim Miller to start Wednesday, maybe but landfill is now a crime scene so it is up to Sheriff’s office, Sheriff Tommy Thomas to determine when and where the search will start. They said tonight the guy dismembered her and put the body parts in different trash bins.

      Talking about Tim Miller, it was mentioned that he searched the landfill in Aruba for Natalee.

    15. Carpe Noctem on March 23rd, 2007 8:55 pm


      Yeah Houston, but they never
      found Natalee…

      Because Joran’s pedophile
      of a father and Anita Van der Sloot
      were too busy gang-banging Karin
      Jaansen in JVDS’s APARTMENT.

      Unfortunately, they could not search
      the murderous raping VAN DER SLOOT
      property in Aruba. (unless they
      played poker, of course)

    16. dennisintn on March 23rd, 2007 11:00 pm

      i’d be willing to bet that there won’t be a mysterious fire just as they get to the depth in the garbage that they’re looking for. the search also won’t be called off and the hole filled up in spite of the pleading and begging of the search team.

    17. tex on March 23rd, 2007 11:58 pm

      I personally do not know anyone in the Holloway Twitty. Natalee and her family suffered a huge injustice by Aruba and our State Department did zilch. Seeing a father look for his daughter in the landfill while George Bush looked the other way even though it was on national televison; the Aruban gov’t making Beth apologize to the suspects while Condoleezza Rice dined in her loving home with her family showed me the character of the present administration running our country. If the people we elected and pay taxes to support don’t support us, then I’ll stay with the case, keep abreast of updates and continue to protest. It could have been anyone’s daughter, like everyone said, and by supporting this I’m supporting everyone’s daughter/son/loved one who gets terrorized and lost on islands like Aruba. Staying on this team keeps the most publicized case alive, chasing an unpublicized case does nothing. The republicans lost their strong hold in the gov’t because they were attracted to money; not human rights and dignity.

    18. wayne on March 24th, 2007 1:00 am

      Go Tim you certainly do look out for our people.This family and this young lady deserve the same assistance and thoughtfulness in a search for her as we gave and are giving Natalee. I pray for her and her family and for Tim and Equusearch to find her and bring her home.

    19. houston on March 24th, 2007 7:18 am

      Friday night they spoke of a Waste Management Truck that broke down the day after she went missing. They plan to search the truck.

    20. Peaches on March 24th, 2007 7:38 am

      It was nice of Harris County to come to their senses. The negative publicity would not be pretty.

      There is a special spot in Heaven for Tim and his crew.

    21. tuyvnsurviror on March 24th, 2007 10:38 am

      Imagine toxic contamination is part of the reason the sheriffs office does not wish to do the search. Easier deal and less red tape to get volunteers to do it. Why not come right out with that is the total reason? Folks work out there, like equiptment operators, citizens bringing things in. Dumps seem to be one of those marginal enviroments (ahh, what is the alternative), no work area away from there is allowed the contaminants and dangers. Around where known and certain contaminants there are most specific guidlines for handling by those under a ‘manual’.

    22. houston on March 24th, 2007 10:39 am

      This story is getting worse….this is one bad guy…..I would rather not give details that appear in todays paper…..it is bad. Go to the Houston Chronicle story…


    23. dennisintn on March 24th, 2007 4:58 pm

      you see how quickly the sheriff’s dept. adjusted their opinion of just leaving the body there? irate taxpayers get the job done every time. leave the body in the dump? the person or persons who thought that was a good idea belongs on aruba. their attitude would be acceptable down there.

    24. houston on March 24th, 2007 10:48 pm

      There has been a change, there will be no search.


    25. Sam on March 25th, 2007 8:30 pm

      Thank you Houston for the update. I came on here to post it but you beat me to it. No search because he dismembered and barbequed her over a period of 2 days. No body or parts to recover. How sad. For both Stewarts family members.

      SM Sam

    26. Sam on March 25th, 2007 8:50 pm

      Tanesha Stewart
      Timothy Wayne Shepherd

      So last entry should be both the parents of Tanesha Stewart and the pareants of Timothy Wayne Shepherd

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