Authorities acting on edge of caution

By Lee Peck - bio | email

JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - August 18: 2009 - Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff Ricky Edwards: "At 2 o'clock our task force started interviewing the person who came into report her missing in about 30 minutes into the interview and getting the information we got a call from Acadia Parish that roadway workers found a body on the side of the road between milepost 72 and 73."

The body was that of 26 year old Necole Guillory. Since the discovery of her body, authorities have confirmed Guillory as the 8th victim in a growing list of mysterious deaths in and around Jeff Davis Parish over the last four years. While all of the victims traveled in the same circle and led similar lifestyles, Sheriff Edwards has been careful over the course of the investigation to not say this is the work of a serial killer.

November 7, 2008 - Sheriff Edwards: "There's something going on. We either have a serial dumper, we could have a serial killer, but at this point, we only have three of our six victims that have actually been identified as a homicide."

November 18, 2008 - Sheriff Edwards: "Serial killing is not a crime. Murder is. That's what's used in court. One was too many, 7 is too many. I'm going to continue working these cases individually and collectively. We're going to continue working so that if there are links, we put that puzzle together."

unraveling the puzzle has proved hard for the multi-agency task force now investigating the deaths. That task force includes members of the FBI.

With the current climate of uneasiness in Jeff Davis Parish, the standard 24-hour waiting period to report a person missing - is now being waived. In the last nine months Jeff Davis authorities have asked for the media's assistance in locating several missing women. The first a 16 year old girl who was found moments after our broadcast. Then twice in the last month: 34-year-old Nicole Marie Thibodeaux - she was found shortly after we aired her picture in a local motel. And just last week, Welsh Police asked for help in locating 20-year-old Bethany Genice Beauregard. She too was found safely.

While some may criticize, authorities say with a killer at large - better safe than sorry.

Anyone with information about any of the deaths is asked to call the multi-agency task force investigating the deaths at their tip line at 337-824-6662.

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