LIMESTOVE COVE, T. N. – The body of a missing North Carolina woman has been found.
After a week long search, authorities found the remains of Sarah Denise Riddle on Friday, March 24, 2017, on Iron Mountain in the Limestone Cove community of Unicoi County, T. N. after Cecil Scott Byrd, who plead guilty to two counts of murder, told officers where he disposed of her charred remains and gave them a description of the containers he placed her remains in.
After interviewing Byrd, members of the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation met with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office to try and locate the remains. They discovered the containers, consistent with description provided by Byrd, over the embankment of Highway TN107 at a pull-off spot on Iron Mountain. The containers busted open as they rolled down the embankment. Officers later returned to the location, along with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, UT Anthropology, Attorney General Tony Clark, fire department personnel, and Coroner Ed Heardon, and the charred remains were retrieved.
The remains will be sent for DNA testing so they can be positively identified.
Riddle was reported missing in McDowell County on November 1, 2015. Byrd was sentenced to two life sentences without parole on March 17 in Mitchell County Superior Court. Byrd’s mother, Patsy Garland Byrd, who was charged with accessory after the fact to felony murder for allegedly assisting her son dispose of the body, is expected to make her appearance in Mitchell County Superior Court on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.