Three years ago Duchesne County Sheriff's Sgt. Wally Hendricks listened to a confidential police source describing a murder that was supposed to have taken place in Georgia 14 years earlier. The details were allegedly confessed during a drinking episode by the man who now stands accused of committing the crime.
Hendricks compiled the information on the possible murder suspect, 50-year old Daniel Converse Meyers, of Myton, and forwarded it to law enforcement authorities in Richmond County, Georgia. They later wrote back and told him they had checked the allegations but didn't turn up any evidence of a missing person or any unidentified bodies that had been found dating back to 1981.Then, just about four weeks ago the Richmond County Sheriff's Department was reviewing and auditing cases following consolidation with another law enforcement agency. They came across the information Hendricks had supplied. About the same time they began talking to Meyer's ex-wife, who reportedly confirmed the 3-year-old report they had on file.
Last Wednesday Richmond County Sheriff's Sgt. Wayne Pinkston and investigator Dewayne Piper flew to Duchesne County with a grand jury indictment for Meyers' arrest in the shooting of his ex-wife's lover 17 years ago.
Meyers allegedly shot the man in the head in the presence of his then-wife after he discovered the two were having an affair.
His wife left him shortly after the alleged incident. He is accused of burning the body and burying it in his backyard. Police have not located the remains. They declined to release the victim's name.
Meyers had lived in different areas of Duchesne County for the past six years, said Hendricks. He took up residence here after Hendricks stopped him for driving under the influence while he was passing through a Duchesne County town in 1992.
"He was in and out of jail a lot for DUI and intoxication," Hendricks said. "He drank alone a lot, and that's how we came to know him; he was one of our regulars."
He described Meyers as a quiet, troubled loner who did odd jobs to make a living. He remarried and at one point left the area to move to Arizona for over a year.
It was Hendricks who went to Meyers' home last week to tell him about the warrant for his arrest.
"I went to talk to him and he was fine; he was calm and he surrendered without incident to the Georgia authorities. He denied the charges."
Meyer waived extradition and arrived in Georgia over the weekend.