Friday, 1 April 2016

USA: Human and animal remains discovered by Police in Slidell home

Slidell Police are searching for Joshua Roques, described to be 6’6” tall with a bald head and weighing 170 pounds. He drives a silver 2004 Infinity G35 with Louisiana license plate WXL176.

Slidell police were searching for a 31-year-old man Thursday night (March 31) after finding human and animal remains at a home earlier this week.
After receiving a tip, police on Tuesday searched a home in the 200 block of Woodcrest Drive in Slidell and found human skulls, human bones, animal bones and dried blood, according to a Thursday evening news release. The remains were in a large cast iron bowl surrounded by candles and other "ritualistic materials," police said.
"Slidell police believe the human skulls and bones were taken from a grave, and DO NOT feel that the bones are related to a homicide," the news release said.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Joshua Roques on the following charges:
- Interring or cremating human remains
- Unlawful disposal of remains
- Opening graves; stealing body
- Mutilating, disinterring human remains
- Possession of cocaine
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Investigators believe the blood came from animals and that Roques may have been "sacrificing animals at his crude variant of an altar," the release said.
Investigators found two skulls, but are unsure if the bones belong to a greater number of bodies, said St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston in an interview. "There certainly could be more," he said.
The Coroner's Office will conduct DNA tests, and the LSU anthropology lab will assist with identification, according to the news release. The DNA tests will help determine how many bodies are involved, Preston said. He said he cannot determine at this time the approximate age of the bones. "This is a first for me," Preston said.
"To say this is disturbing is truly an understatement and very unusual for our community," Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said in a statement. "We're anxious to speak with the suspect and are asking for the public's help in locating him so we can continue investigating this bizarre set of circumstances."

Story by Ben Estes
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Ben Myers | The Times-Picayune

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