Two in custody, third sought in China murder

Yiannis Nikolaos Mihail, Arthur Christopher Harmon and Cody Jamar Lewis

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the murder victim discovered on South China Road on the morning of April 5 and is still searching for one man in relation to the murder. The Sheriff’s Office reports the victim was 53-year-old Kevin Alton Moyer of Dallas.

Two of three men wanted in relation to a murder investigation in Jefferson County are in custody as of April 7, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies report, and the search is on for the third man, 27-year-old Cody Jamar Lewis of Beaumont, who should be considered armed and dangerous. The murder investigation was initiated as the result of a body discovered on South China Road in China on Saturday morning, April 5.

According to a press release issued by JCSO on April 5, dispatch received a call that morning at about 10:29 a.m. in reference to an “unknown medical call” on South China Road east of Highway 365. Upon arrival at the scene, first responders with Acadian Ambulance Service and Jefferson County ESD No. 3 discovered a deceased white male in the rear seat of a tan 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, naked and wrapped in what appeared to be a bed sheet, Deputy Rod Carroll reports. Judge Ray Chesson pronounced the unidentified male deceased at the scene and ordered an autopsy.

Monday, April 7, Deputy Carroll reported that three suspects related to the case have been identified. JCSO has 21-year-old Beaumont resident Arthur Christopher Harmon and 31-year-old Yiannis Nikolaos Mihail, also of Beaumont, in custody for murder. Bond has been set at $1 million for each of the two. Currently, deputies are searching for 27-year-old Cody Jamar Lewis of Beaumont. He is wanted on tampering with physical evidence charges. 

The investigation is ongoing. JCSO reports their office identified the victim, Moyer, through confirmation of dental records. Moyer’s Facebook page indicated he was formerly the Southwest Regional Sales Manager at Royal Crown Derby USA in Dallas.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Lewis should contact Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-8477. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the location and arrest of Lewis or any other wanted fugitive. No attempt should be made to detain him as Lewis is considered armed and dangerous.

— Sharon Brooks