Police: Remains in burn pit likely those of missing Central Texas mother

Amanda Gordon, 30, was reported missing on Dec. 12. Her common-law husband Samuel Roy Byrd, 32, has been charged with murder. (Police photo/jail photo)
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CEDAR PARK, Texas (KWTX) The common-law husband of a missing Central Texas mother of two has been charged with murder and tampering with evidence after investigators found skeletal remains that are likely the woman’s in a burn pit.

Samuel Roy Byrd, 32, remained in the Williamson County Jail Friday in lieu of bonds totaling $1.5 million.

The charges stem from the disappearance of Amanda Gordon, 30, of Cedar Park whom a family member reported missing on Dec. 12.

Remains investigators found in the Bastrop area on the property of one of Byrd’s “known associates” are likely hers, police said.

“Ultimately, we discovered remains in two different areas of the property,” police spokeswoman Alicia Inns said in a press release.

“The initial finding is that the remains were found in a burn pit and it is clear through the investigation, there were measures taken to dispose of the evidence,” she said.

“Based on that evidence to include artifacts located within the skeletal remains, we are as confident as possible without DNA confirmation that the remains are those of Amanda Gordon,” she said.

After Gordon was reported missing on Dec. 12, officers went to the her home at 2505 Cypress Lane to conduct a welfare check and encountered Byrd who, police said, wasn’t cooperative in letting them enter.

The Central Texas Regional SWAT Team was dispatched to force entry.
Gordon’s two children, who were in the home, were removed and placed with other family members.

Byrd, 32, was initially arrested on drug charges.