ST. JOHN PARISH, La. -- A hand-tied cross of broken sticks and half-burned candles mark the lonely spot where 17-year-old Mikivon Anderson was buried in a shallow grave after he disappared in late March and was murdered.
"He was buried about two, two and a half feet underground," said St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre.
An autopsy showed Anderson was shot. His cousin, 18-year-old Brandon Braxton was arrested.
"A community tip led to him," said Tregre. "We picked him up, brought him in for questioning. He voluntarily led us back to Mt. Airy, Louisiana, and brought us to the area where, pretty much the body is right here."
18-year old Nathis Burl was also arrested. Cadaver dogs pinpointed the grave, so deep in the woods a path had to be cut through the overgrowth for deputies to reach it, the climax of months spent searching for Anderson, even using a State Police helicopter.
"We've been all over Mount Airy, Garyville, behind the levee walked the shorelines of the Mississippi River," said Tregre. "We've been all through the wooded areas as much as we possibly can. You wouldn't have found him, unless somebody came forward, and knew, and had specific details that his body was right there."
Sheriff Tregre wouldn't give many details abot this case, because they are still searching for a third suspect. This is the 12th murder in St. John Parish this year, a parish that normally averages about six murders a year. Sheriff Tregre says his team is taking steps to cut the murder rate.
"I feel confident in the people standing behind me, and we're gonna get the right guys off the street, especially with the community giving us the information we need," predicted Sheriff Tregre.
The two suspects, Braxton and Burl, are both charged with second degree murder, conspiracy to commit second degree murder, and obstruction of justice. They are in jail on $1.6 million bonds each.