LAKE CHARLES, LA.(KPLC) -At the center of the investigation is a vehicle-- a blue Ford Explorer that may have a connection to the murders.
We know it was once registered to someone in Meridian, Mississippi. Police say the vehicle has since been sold. Sheriff Tony Mancuso says, "We want to talk to anybody that's been in that vehicle or is in that vehicle."
Central to the investigation into the murders is this 2000 Ford XLT Explorer, 4 door, blue in color with Mississippi tags. The plate number is LCE 755. The vehicle was registered to someone who lives in Meridian, Mississippi, but was apparently seen frequently in Fairview Mobile Home park as Mancuso explains. "We have received multiple calls from people that have given us information on the whereabouts of this and we're actively following up on all those leads. Though the vehicle was registered to someone in Meridian, police there say the owner sold it."
Lee Shelbourn is Meridian Chief of Police. "We have spoken with the prior owner of the vehicle who made us aware who he sold it to. And again we're in support, we're trying to find out information to assist Lake Charles and we're going to assist them any way we can. We're doing all we can do to right now to locate this vehicle."
And at this point, police are not saying who the vehicle was sold to or whether it has been spotted since the murders. But Meridian Police Captain James Sharpe says they are on the lookout for it. "If we are able to locate the vehicle we will of course stop and detain the vehicle as well as any persons in it. We will treat the vehicle as a crime scene."
Sharpe says if they locate the vehicle and occupants they would most likely detained on a fugitive from justice hold. We will let you know once we find out the vehicle has been located.
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