After a month-long investigation into the murder of 30-year-old Makayla Fay Meave, her husband, Frank Byers, has been arrested and is being held accountable for the crime. Meave’s body was discovered wrapped in a carpet in a drainage ditch near her rural Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma home on September 20. The medical examiner determined that she had been shot twice in the head.
Deputies executed a search warrant at a house in El Reno, where Byers was staying, after receiving results on evidence they had been waiting for. Byers was taken into custody on a probable cause affidavit for first-degree murder. Court records revealed that Byers’ work boots had a substance resembling blood on them, which was later confirmed to be a positive DNA match to Meave.
Investigators also found a Walmart receipt for a mop, ammonia, and bleach on Byers’ property on the day Meave was reported missing. Text messages reviewed by investigators suggest that Byers committed the crime to pursue a relationship with another woman.
Barbara Harper, Meave’s mother, expressed her shock and suspicion towards Byers following her daughter’s disappearance. She hopes that Byers receives the harshest punishment, including the death penalty, if convicted.
Byers has not been officially charged yet but faces counts for first-degree murder, unauthorized removal of a dead body, and desecration of a human corpse. His next court date is scheduled for November 8.