New charge for Barthelemy in Procell kidnapping, murder - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

New charge for Barthelemy in Procell kidnapping, murder

Sabine Sheriff Ronny Richardson says a pair of sunglasses closely resembling the ones seen in this photo was found near the shallow grave where a body was found Sunday. Sabine Sheriff Ronny Richardson says a pair of sunglasses closely resembling the ones seen in this photo was found near the shallow grave where a body was found Sunday.
Arrested: Robert Barthelemy, 34 (Source: DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office) Arrested: Robert Barthelemy, 34 (Source: DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office)
Tony Procell, 25 (Source: Jonothon Mitchell) Tony Procell, 25 (Source: Jonothon Mitchell)
Crime scene investigators were on the scene late Sunday night after the discovery of a body believed to be Tony Procell's in Winn Parish. Crime scene investigators were on the scene late Sunday night after the discovery of a body believed to be Tony Procell's in Winn Parish.
WINN PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Sabine Parish Assistant Coroner Ron Rivers says the preliminary autopsy on the body found Sunday in the Kisatchie National Forest indicates "blunt force cranial injuries."

Rivers says investigators have enlisted the help of LSU FACES (Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services) to help with dental records and reconstruction of the victim's face.

The body is believed to be that of Tony Procell, 25, who authorities say was kidnapped at gunpoint by Natchitoches police officer Robert Barthelemy, 34.

It was a discovery made by Barthelemy's father-in-law that led to the body, according to Sabine Parish Sheriff Richardson, who says it was a shovel caked with "fairly fresh river mud" on the banks of Saline Lake in Winn Parish that first alerted Robert Barthelemy's father-in-law that something was out of place on the property the two had used for duck hunting in the past.

Nearby, a pair of familiar sunglasses was also found. Richardson says they "closely resemble the ones we've seen on TV of that the victim had been wearing."

At that point, Barthelemy's father-in-law called authorities. Within a couple of hours, a Red River Parish cadaver dog had alerted on a shallow grave and the body itself was found.

A crime scene unit was called in from Caddo Parish, and the body has been sent to the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office for an autopsy. Authorities say they are awaiting the final results of that autopsy to confirm the identity and determine the cause of death.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Richardson says a warrant was being typed up Monday morning, charging Barthelemy with first degree murder. The Natchtitoches police officer has been in custody since early Wednesday morning, after he was taken into custody following a high speed chase and standoff that ended in DeSoto Parish.

He is currently in the Sabine Parish Detention Center, already charged with aggravated kidnapping and home invasion. He was charged with first degree murder on Monday morning.

The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office will assume jurisdiction in this case, even though the body was found on national park property in Winn Parish. "We did have a jurisdiction question since it was on federal property, but it was decided to let Sabine Parish handle it since it originated with us."

The case is now in the hands of Sabine Parish DA Don Burkett. "He will decide, after he reviews all the facts of the case and all the evidence that we've got, will make a decision on how he wishes to prosecute it," says Richardson.

Procell, had been missing since Tuesday, after he is believed to have been kidnapped at gunpoint by Barthelemy, a Natchitoches police officer. It was surveillance video that police say shows Barthelemy leading Procell from his home at gunpoint that prompted the search for both men on Tuesday night.

When asked for further clarification about the possible motive in the kidnapping, Sabine Parish Warden Joe Dewil says it "could be some kind of possible domestic situation," but authorities have declined to go into further detail.

The discovery of the body came on the same day Procell's family confirmed that they had asked the non-profit search and rescue organization Texas EquuSearch to assist. They were set to meet with sheriff's officials on Monday morning.

On Monday morning, the Procell family released the following statement:

"We would like to sincerely thank local law enforcement, the community, the media, and everyone involved in the efforts to bring Tony home. Also thank you to those who have taken up the heartfelt tasks of supporting the family during this difficult time. To see so much love in our community and the surrounding areas is amazing. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we have received. Tony was loved dearly by all who knew him and he will be sorely missed."

Copyright 2013 KSLA. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Hundreds enjoy varieties of beers at LA Winter Beer Festival

    Hundreds enjoy varieties of beers at LA Winter Beer Festival

    Saturday, February 24 2018 9:37 PM EST2018-02-25 02:37:00 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    All the beer one could ever want was in downtown Lake Charles Saturday.  The 4th annual Louisiana Winter Beer Festival brought in thousands of people ready to test out plenty of beer.  Beer from all over the world was in one place Saturday---downtown Lake Charles.   Nick Villaume/co-organizer "I want to highlight downtown that was really one of the reasons we started this was to be able to highlight what's going on downtown, and what a great downtown area w...More >>
    All the beer one could ever want was in downtown Lake Charles Saturday.  The 4th annual Louisiana Winter Beer Festival brought in thousands of people ready to test out plenty of beer.  Beer from all over the world was in one place Saturday---downtown Lake Charles.   Nick Villaume/co-organizer "I want to highlight downtown that was really one of the reasons we started this was to be able to highlight what's going on downtown, and what a great downtown area w...More >>
  • Silver Spurs Rodeo Club hosts youth rodeo in Sulphur

    Silver Spurs Rodeo Club hosts youth rodeo in Sulphur

    Saturday, February 24 2018 5:34 PM EST2018-02-24 22:34:48 GMT
    A 30 year tradition continues as the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club held their first youth rodeo of the year. Held at the West Cal Arena in Sulphur, kids can sign up for multiple events, including barrel, polls, stakes, and even mutton busting: where kids can ride the sheep. Edwin McCall, the Vice President of the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club, says that everyone is invited to come, watch, and enjoy the rodeo. "The neatest thing is the family environment. You know, we start out in the mornin...More >>
    A 30 year tradition continues as the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club held their first youth rodeo of the year. Held at the West Cal Arena in Sulphur, kids can sign up for multiple events, including barrel, polls, stakes, and even mutton busting: where kids can ride the sheep. Edwin McCall, the Vice President of the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club, says that everyone is invited to come, watch, and enjoy the rodeo. "The neatest thing is the family environment. You know, we start out in the mornin...More >>
  • BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Erik Tee

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Erik Tee

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:24 PM EST2018-02-24 04:24:34 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    KPLC's Black History Month profiles wrap up with a man who has a voice for radio.  As a kid he called radio stations, he helped carry equipment and even started working a station for free starting out. But that persistence was all Erik Tee needed to help him make it in the world of radio.  Every car radio turned to 107.5 has probably heard that voice.  The voice of radio personality Erik Tee.   "This is my getaway," said Erik. "This is ...

    More >>

    KPLC's Black History Month profiles wrap up with a man who has a voice for radio.  As a kid he called radio stations, he helped carry equipment and even started working a station for free starting out. But that persistence was all Erik Tee needed to help him make it in the world of radio.  Every car radio turned to 107.5 has probably heard that voice.  The voice of radio personality Erik Tee.   "This is my getaway," said Erik. "This is ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly