LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Lake Charles Police are still searching for answers more than two and half years after a demolition crew discovered a body inside a home on North Adams Street. The discovery came on the morning of July 16, 2008.
"In the process of tearing down the home, the crew discovered a body," said Sgt. Mark Kraus, with Lake Charles Police. "Once we got there we learned that the body was partially outside of a kitchen door and partially inside of the kitchen in the doorway."
The victim was later identified as 22-year-old Derrick Dewayne Braxton. According to police, Braxton was shot several times. It's still not clear if his body was dumped at the abandoned home - a place neighbors told 7 News at the time had become a known drug hang out.
"There was nothing inside the house. No furniture or nothing. They was just going in and out, in and out. I guess it was turning into a crack house," said one neighbor.
Based on interviews, investigators can last account for Braxton in the Mossville area - 24 hours before his body was discovered at the home.
"We don't know if he walked up on something or noticed something that drew his suspicion or was there participating in anything, but we do know he was murdered," explained Kraus.
A murder that's now among the cold case files. While 2011 will mark year three, investigators say there is no expiration date to bringing a killer to justice.
"So when this guy who is responsible for this murder, when he is 70 years old and he's laying in bed or he's going to church and he's turned his life around... He needs to know this is a case we will pursue until all of our leads are exhausted and then we will continue to pursue it," said Kraus.
There is reward money for information leading to an arrest in this case. If you can help call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. Callers can remain anonymous.