State Police seek help locating homicide suspect

(Source: LSP)
(Source: LSP)

The following is a Press Release from the Louisiana State Police:

Today, troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I recovered a vehicle believed to be used in connection with a double homicide in South Carolina.

On Sunday, March 18, 2012, the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina issued a missing persons report for two people from their county.  The Sheriff's Office also alerted law enforcement agencies nationwide about a 2002 Buick SUV, which belonged to one of the missing persons.

Early this morning, troopers recovered the vehicle on LA 98 north of I-10.  The vehicle was impounded and State Police detectives, along with Lafayette Metro Crime Scene, were contacted to process the vehicle for evidence.  Detectives also spoke with authorities in Orangeburg County and learned that the two missing persons had been found murdered in their county.

State Police detectives were informed by the Orangeburg Sheriff's Office that the suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Vincente Mendoza (also known as Palamino Mendoza or Mendoza Palamino) of Cope, SC.

Mendoza is described as a Hispanic male weighing 165 pounds; he is 5 feet 4 inches tall with brown eyes and black hair. Detectives believe Mendoza may still be in the Acadiana area.

Anyone with any information concerning his whereabouts is asked to call Louisiana State Police at (337) 262-5880 or 911.

Mendoza is wanted for two counts of murder in South Carolina and should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.