New details emerge surrounding Jefferson County murder investigation

Investigators are not releasing much, but 12News is learning more about the victim and the suspects in a Jefferson County murder investigation.

Two days after deputies were alerted of a body found naked and wrapped in a sheet in the back seat of a car off South China Road Saturday, 21-year-old Arthur Harmon and 31-year-old Yiannis Mihail were arrested and charged with murder. Both Harmon and Mihail are from Beaumont.    

Two days after that the body was identified as that of 53-year-old Kevin Moyer of Dallas. According to Moyer's Facebook page, he worked as a regional sales manager for a tableware company in Dallas. What he was doing in Jefferson County and how he knows the suspects is still under investigation, but the relationship between Harmon and Mihail is becoming more clear.

Multiple sources, including a family member of Mihail's, tell 12News that the two men are or at least were in a homosexual relationship.

We've also learned that Mihail previously worked for Patriot Security in Nederland. The company told us he has not worked there for a couple years. A former coworker tells us Mihail was very friendly and mild mannered, and that she was shocked when she heard of his arrest.

Harmon's last known address is at a home on Pipkin Street in Beaumont. Neighbors tell us he lived there with his mother but has since moved out. No one was home when we knocked on the door. One neighbor told us she believed Harmon and Mihail were living together.

Harmon and Mihail are not the only two being investigated. Authorities are still looking for a third man, 27-year-old Cody Lewis of Beaumont. Lewis is charged with tampering with evidence.

"You have somebody who's moved a body, therefore it's physical evidence," said Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Rod Carroll.
Carroll says finding Lewis is crucial to the investigation.

"It's imperative that we get him in custody, we want to hear what his side of the story is. He's obviously involved in the taking of a life," said Carroll.

A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can provide authorities with information that leads to the location and arrest of Lewis. Do not approach Lewis, say investigators, as he is considered armed and dangerous.

"Anytime you have anybody that murders somebody we're going to consider them extremely dangerous... if they're willing to take one life, they'll take another," said Carroll.

Investigators say they now know the cause of Moyer's death after getting his autopsy results back, but are waiting to release that information until after they find and speak with Lewis.

If you know anything about Lewis' whereabouts, call Crimestoppers at 409-833-TIPS.


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