Potential suspects identified in death of Fort Worth man found in Shreveport lake
Marion Lee Brown (Source: Department of Public Safety)
Brown's body was found in Cross Lake in Lousiana on Saturday (Source: KSLA staff)
An FJ Crusier was found burned near Tyler State Park on Friday night. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Body parts were found rolled up in a carpet in northeastern Smith County (Source: KLTV staff)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
On Thursday, Smith County Sheriff’s Office detectives developed information that identified potential suspects in their investigation into the death of a Parker County man, whose body was found in a Louisiana lake.
The suspects were developed as a result of the examination of large amounts of evidence collected by Smith County and Shreveport, LA detectives since the investigation began on May 23.
“The detectives were able to receive electronic type information in which allowed them to identify potential suspects as well as a potential location of the original homicide in Ft. Worth," said Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith. "When you have an investigation such as this started out, it’s very pertinent that once you identify multiple jurisdictions we work closely with them and exchange information back and forth,"
The vehicle, a 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser, was found Friday afternoon near Lavender Road, just north of Interstate 20 near Tyler State Park. Sheriff Smith says the Red Springs Volunteer Fire Department discovered the vehicle while responding to a fire. The vehicle was engulfed in flames when Sheriff Smith arrived. Authorities at the scene said no human remains were found inside the burned vehicle.
Authorities identified the remains through a comparison of fingerprint data obtained from the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. The Shreveport Police Department was contacted by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office after they learned a man feared missing from Weatherford fit the description of the body pulled from Cross Lake. Those agencies are now working together and with other law enforcement agencies during the ongoing investigation.
That information was forwarded to the Ft. Worth Police Department Homicide Division, who as a result of the information provided by both Smith County Sheriff’s Office and the Shreveport Police Department, were able to obtain a search warrant for a residence in Ft. Worth on Enclave Circle.
The search warrant was in reference to an ongoing robbery investigation that may be related to the investigation of the death of Marion Brown. A second search warrant was prepared to search for evidence related to a homicide.
“They will still need to analyze what they received from their evidentiary search warrant, Smith said. "The execution of that search warrant yesterday will need to be submitted to a laboratory for DNA analysis and things of that nature just to be 100 percent certain that is the place the homicide occurred.”
Smith County Sheriff’s Office detectives were in close and constant contact yesterday afternoon with the Ft. Worth homicide investigators once the Smith County detectives uncovered the information which allowed for the identification of two suspects, as well as the potential original crime scene address. Once the search warrant was executed, the Ft. Worth Police Department Crime Scene Unit found a crime scene which may be the original crime scene.
The names of the potential suspects won't be released until warrants are issued.
The Smith County Sheriff's Office is now turning the investigation over to Ft. Worth police.
“We have some smaller offenses that took place here. It’s most likely that those will be deferred to Ft. Worth since this will most likely could be prosecuted potentially as a capital murder case. We will continue to provide any assistance we can to the Ft. Worth Police Department in a support role in this investigation," said Sheriff Smith. “I would like to take this opportunity to commend the twelve detectives, the initial responding Smith County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies and anyone else in the Sheriff’s Office for an outstanding effort in this investigation."