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Sheriff, D.A. offering immunity to anyone who can help bring in FBI fugitive Joe Constance

Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 12:53 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2021 at 10:30 AM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - The Sheriff and District Attorney of Calcasieu Parish are offering immunity to anyone who can help bring in FBI fugitive Joe Constance.

Constance is accused of killing 49-year-old Mary Duhon, his estranged wife, on Rustic View Drive. Constance is wanted on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary. Authorities say he fled the scene in his pickup truck and has not been seen since.

Both Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso and former Lake Charles Police Chief and FBI agent Don Dixon said during a news conference Tuesday morning that they believe Constance had help escaping.

However, they are offering immunity to anyone who may have helped Constance but is now willing to give information that will lead to his arrest.

“If someone assisted Joe Constance in leaving the area or hiding him, if they have information, we are willing to offer immunity to them for testimony for bringing this fugitive to justice,” said District Attorney Stephen Dwight.

Constance has been on the run since June 5, 2011, the day Duhon was shot and killed in her home south of Lake Charles.

“Let us never forget the victim, Mary Duhon,” Dixon said. “In a cowardly act, Joe Constance broke into that trailer and murdered a defenseless woman. Also in that trailer were four other people, including the victim’s daughter.”

Constance, 54, has been featured on America’s Most Wanted, and in 2015 was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

“We’ve never forgotten this case,” Sheriff Mancuso said. “I don’t think we have any other fugitives in our office to this significance that we are looking for at this time.”

A tip line has also been set up for anyone with information on Constance’s whereabouts. The tip line will go directly to Dixon, who has been hired as a consultant on the case.

337-707-TIPS (8477)

Tip line for information on FBI fugitive Joe Constance's whereabouts
Joe Constance was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list in 2015. Constance is wanted for first...
Joe Constance was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list in 2015. Constance is wanted for first degree murder, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary in the June 2011 shooting death of his estranged wife Mary Duhon.(FBI)

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