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Ville Platte Continues Investigation into Homicide

The Ville Platte Police Department continues to ask for help from the public.


Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department would like to remind everyone that as the investigation into the homicide of Joseph John continues, any information from the public would be very helpful.  “It takes time for lab results, crime analysis and coroner reports to come back.” Chief Lartigue said, “We know that as time passes a killer is still free and we are working diligently to get information that will help convict this person”  Chief Lartigue stated that the public is reluctant to get involved and that fear is making it harder to get information.  “We continue to ask for help and continue to remind everyone that all information shared with this department is kept confidential and anonymous.” Chief Lartigue said, “We don’t want anyone to live in fear and will keep them anonymous but someone walking our streets killed another person and if you know something and don’t come forward anonymously, you are helping this person remain free.”  Chief Lartigue feels that it cannot be stressed enough that this case is not at a stand still. They continue to devote many man hours to tracking leads, sorting information, requesting information, working with the Acadiana Crime Lab, obtaining records and speaking to every caller that calls with information.  This case has not been forgotten and will not be put on the back burner.”  Chief Lartigue stated.  “We want justice for the family and safety for the community.”  


Detectives want citizens to know that even if the information they have may seem insignificant or small, they still want to hear from you.  Every bit of information can help put their current information in a different light or tie up a loose end.


To speak to a detective confidentially, you can call 363-1313.  You can speak with any detective you choose or Chief Lartigue.  Call anyone within the department that you feel comfortable speaking too, just call.

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