Murder charges have been filed against two acquaintances of Trey Noah who vanished in November 2009 and whose remains were found five months later in Gillespie County, Texas.
Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills said Shelby C. Moore, 19, of Kendalia was arrested late Thursday at the Sheriff’s Office in Fredericksburg, and that Brandon L. Harber, 19, was arrested early Friday in Blanco, where Harber lives.
Mills said the suspects knew Trey Noah, 20, and a press release says they were arrested in conjunction with his “disappearance and murder.”
However, the sheriff wouldn’t discuss when and where the slaying occurred, or whether a possible motive for the crime was known. Mills also wouldn’t comment on how authorities suspect Noah was killed, noting he is still awaiting the autopsy report.
Trey Noah vanished from his Kendalia home Nov. 29 and was reported missing by his parents Dec. 17, 2009. His clothed remains were found in late April 2010 on a ranch in eastern Gillespie County.
Asked if there were other suspects in the murder, Mills said, “We’re still investigating that. So far, these are the only two we’ve arrested.”
In Nov 2009, Trey Noah went missing. His remains were found 5 months later. Shelby C. Moore and Brandon L. Harber were arrested and murder charges were filed. Those charges were dropped in March 2014 due to legal issues involving their Miranda rights.
Harber was reindicted in 2014 for evidence tampering, tried, and found guilty in 2015. Jurors at his trial sentenced him to 10 years probation. The judge included 180 days in jail as a condition of probation.
In Oct 2015, Moore was sentenced to 9 years but only for tampering with the body (hiding it) under a plea deal struck back in August. It is unclear who really killed Trey Noah. An affidavit by Gillespie County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Pehl quoted Moore as saying in a June 10, 2010 interview that Harber argued with Noah and shot him at Moore’s home in Kendall County, Texas. “Moore told me that neither he nor Harber sought any medical care for Noah after the shooting,” and that the two used Moore’s pickup to dump the body, Pehl said in the affidavit. Conflicting information appeared in the papers too as both defendants pointed to each other. Read more here.