LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - There's increasing frustration among concerned citizens and family members seeking justice for eight women from Jeff Davis Parish--women whose mysterious deaths since 2005 remain unsolved.
But Jeff Davis Sheriff Ricky Edwards says they multi-agency task force is making progress."We have utilized new technology both in the field and in the lab and I think that we're making progress. We don't have and answer yet and we will continue to work for the resolution of these homicides."
Some family members and others work to get national publicity on the deaths-- hoping that will bring more attention and more resources. Says Mike Dubois, the brother of victim Whitnei Dubois, "Bring public awareness to it. Let people know that this is going on before someone else has to suffer through what we're suffering through. I would like to see an outside agency take over and take the lead in this to come in with other resources larger than what we already have to solive it, to get justice for us."
Edwards says he does not object to media attention. "CNN did a spot and oru web site actually went from 600 hits to 27,000 hits in one day. We appreciate that." The number to call if you have information is 337-824-6662 which is the Multi-Agency Investigative Team working the cases.
He admits blogs and such can be helpful. But he says rumors and gossip can send them on wild goose chases that waste resources and hurt the investigation. "It's very detrimental to an investigation if it's taking investigators of of treacking down the facts to go and track down gossip and rumor."
Edwards pleads for those with first hand information to bring it to investigators.
More of Edwards's interview will air during our one hour special on the women from Jeff Davis Parish. Unsolved: Mystery in Jeff Davis Pparish airs at 7 Wednesday night on KPLC-TV. It will be broadcast live on kplctv.com as well.
Also concerned citizens and family members are planning what they call a March for Justice at noon Friday in Jennings. It starts from Founders Park.