SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said detectives are searching for a vehicle that may have a connection to a body found on I-10 westbound near the Ruth Street exit in Sulphur.
Lake Charles man John Michael Deville Sr., 68, was found dead near his maroon Dodge Ram pickup early this morning.
Authorities are checking to see whether a dark green Jeep stolen from a residence in the vicinity is related, Mancuso said. It is believed to have been stolen by a white male wearing a fluorescent orange or yellow shirt. The Jeep has a Ducks Unlimited license plate of "DUO1731."
Mancuso said detectives don't know whether the stolen Jeep is related to the death, but must check it out because it was stolen from the area.
"It may be a coincidence, we just don't know, but we have to look at and assume it could have something to do with this homicide," Mancuso said.
Mancuso said may have picked someone up between the time he left the Isle of Capri and when his truck was found.
Mancuso asked anyone with information about the green Jeep or who may have seen Deville or someone with Deville on Interstate 10 this morning or may have given a ride to a person hitchhiking or walking near I-10 or US 90 this morning to contact Lt. Beth McGee at 337-491-3605.
Mancuso said Deville left the Isle of Capri around 1:40 a.m.
At around 2:50 a.m., state troopers who stopped to check out his vehicle - which was stopped on the side of the road with its flashers on - found his body next to his truck. His keys were in his pocket.
The only significant thing found missing was his phone. The phone was located in an area that he would not have been, leading authorities to believe that foul play is involved.
The Jeep was reported stolen later that morning in the area of Pete Seay Road - about three miles from where Deville's body was found.
Another male was also reported going in and out of the woods in that area.
Neither man was found.