Mary Kilpatrick / Houma Courier
A Bayou Blue man was found dead Tuesday evening inside his home by a neighbor, prompting a police chase through multiple communities and ended with the alleged murderer behind bars.
The body of Rickie Samanie, 68, was discovered about 6 p.m. at his home, 3011 Bayou Blue Road, Terrebonne Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said. Samanie’s black 2003 Ford F-150 was missing.
Cody Anthony Callais, 38, 117 Shamrock Drive, Houma, was spotted driving the missing truck, prompting a police chase that ended about four hours after Samanie’s body was discovered, police said.
Callais allegedly admitted to Samanie’s murder, and is charged with second-degree murder. If convicted, he faces a mandatory life prison sentence.
It’s unclear how Samanie died, but detectives said they found signs of a struggle inside the house. An autopsy is set for today.
Callais was initially spotted driving the missing truck in Thibodaux, police said. When sheriff’s deputies and State Police tried to stop the truck near U.S. 90 and La. 24, Callais accelerated, Terrebonne sheriff’s Capt. Dawn Foret said.
He crossed the median, driving the wrong way on U.S. 90 until he turned onto Bayou Blue Road, she said. He made two quick right turns, onto Cliffwood Drive and Adeline Drive, drove into the bayou and then bailed out of the truck.
“The chase started off in Schriever and actually ended near the victim’s house on Bayou Blue,” Foret said.
Callais tried to swim away but was surrounded by sheriff’s deputies and police dogs, authorities said. He waded to the bank and was arrested.
Callais was taken to Terrebonne General Medical Center to be treated for injuries and was to be taken to the parish jail upon his release.