Sheriff releases more details on Atlas Township homicide



ATLAS TWP. — Genesee County Sheriff’s detectives continue to reach out to the public for help in finding the person responsible for the shooting death of Jesse James Byars.

Byars, 34, had been at Outdoor Adventures in Richfield Township in the hours before his remains were discovered in a field in Atlas Township early in the morning on Sunday, July 11.

He was driving a green Dodge pickup truck with a go-kart in the back.

“Maybe, if you were at the campsite and you saw this green Dodge truck … and something caught your eye, you may not think it’s a big deal, but it (may be) a big deal,” said Sheriff Chris Swanson.

Byars reportedly left the park around 10 p.m. Saturday, July 10.

Some time before 5 a.m. the following day, someone shot and killed Byars in a field on South Vassar Road near Jordan Road. There did not appear to have been a struggle at the crime scene, Swanson said.

“So, we know there was a shot fired and we know there was no struggle at the scene,” Swanson said. “There was no trauma other than the shot to the victim. So, where do we go from here?

“We’ve talked to people, knocked on doors, looked at people’s cameras. We have a number of leads. We’re using our technology and certainly our evidence-based technology, but there’s something helpful about someone coming forward.”

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers 1-800-422-JAIL or use the P3tips mobile app to submit tips.

“It is an unnerving event, for sure,” Swanson said. “But, it’s also an event that strikes on the emotion of the people because it could happen to anyone.”

Byars, who had Asperger Syndrome and a learning disability, had a Flint address but was recently living in Atlas Township.