This week marks one year since Emmett Kyzer disappeared from his home on Keenes Mill Road.
Kyzer’s family has spent the past 12 months wondering who would want to harm the elderly disabled man who lived alone in the house where he was born.
Forensic testing hasn’t confirmed, but it’s widely believed that skeletal remains found off Ed Stephens Road in March belong to Kyzer, 82.
“This past year has been a living hell,” said Nikki Sellers, Kyzer’s niece. “It’s like I have this huge hole in my heart. I’ve realized that everything can change in the blink of an eye. After this length of time, we are just ready for an end to this nightmare. I’ll never understand how anyone could do this to Emmett. He was a great man. We just want to know what happened to him, who did it and why.”
Sellers reported her uncle missing the morning of June 27, 2016, which launched weeks of intense searches. Volunteers and law enforcement combed the deep woods in the summer heat, on foot and horseback. Divers searched nearby bodies of water while helicopter pilots searched from the air. Volunteers using cadaver dogs searched the same areas in the middle of December, again with no luck.
Investigators believe Kyzer was a victim of foul play for several reasons. One of the most glaring reason is the wheelchair that stood abandoned in his front yard as police strung crime scene tape around the property.
“That wheelchair plays an important part in this,” said Capt. Kip Hart, Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit assistant commander. “It was just sitting out there by its lonesome, and he’s gone. It’s just an eerie symbol in this whole thing.”
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