Indian Village cold case probe continues

Published: Sep. 29, 2007 at 2:05 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2007 at 7:33 PM CDT
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September 28, 2007
By Theresa Schmidt

State police are interviewing certain people of interest as they investigate whether murder victims may have been buried next to the Indian Village cemetery. Meanwhile, the cold case involving a missing Allen parish couple is hot again -- at least in the Town of Kinder. People there are anxious and hopeful that investigators will uncover the truth.

Several people whose identities are being withheld have told police that Ted Boyett and Denise Sawyer were murdered and that their bodies were buried here next to the Indian Village cemetery. The process of digging and examining the soil is done with care so as not to miss or damage potential evidence. State Police Officer Sal Messina says more information will be released as the search progresses. "We're going to continue the investigation until we get more tips or possibly do a few more interviews with persons of interest that we have right now. Some people are saying it's a wild goose chase. But the way we look at it, if we don't follow up on it you don't know. So, hopefully we can come up with something here soon and maybe we can solve this."

Kinder is a small town and rumors have been running rampant since the digging started. But one thing everyone agrees on is that they'd like to see the mystery solved.  Says resident Bobby Trahan, "People are really concerned about them coming up missing."  Veronica Karam says, "There's family involved and I think they need closure as well as the rest of the community."

There is an uneasiness that comes from the possibility a murderer is living in their midst. Karam told us, "We all pretty much know everybody, just to think that there is somebody out there who we've come in contact with or that we see every day, it's really scary, it is."

People like Trahan seem to think police are on the right track. "I don't think it's a wild goose chase. I don't think the state would be wasting their time unless they had a good, good idea that they're going to find what they're looking for." His friend Pierre Fontenot agrees. "I think they'll find someone but they got to dig around, they got to look in the right places. They're doing their job."

But it's a slow and tedious process, searching for human remains that would have been exposed to the environment for years. Messina says, "We've got a backhoe operator and a bull dozer, small tractor with a front end loader, they've been digging around. We've also had Acadia Parish sheriff's office bring their cadaver dog. They may have some more cadaver dogs."

Science and investigative techniques are better now than just six years ago when Ted Boyette and Charlene Denise Sawyer disappeared, thus creating hope that investigators efforts will bear fruit. Anyone with information concerning the case is urged to call Louisiana State Police, West District detectives office at 491-2908. Ask for Trooper Benjamin LaPoint or leave a message.