Hammond deputies make arrest in 14-year-old murder case

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Posted on June 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM

HAMMOND, La.- Fourteen years after someone killed Wayne Thompson, Hammond deputies have made an arrest in the case.

Ronnie Saulsberry, 33, was charged with second-degree murder last Wednesday, according to Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards.

Thompson was originally reported missing in April 1998 by his father. Hammond deputies said Thompson and some others were playing a dice game and Thompson robbed several subjects afterward. The next night Thompson's victims located him and threatened to kill him. He was last seen on April 11, 1998.

In 2004, the remains of a body were recovered on Chemekette Rd. in Robert. They were subsequently positively identified as those of Wayne Thompson.

 

According to Hammond deputies, after years of investigation, detectives finally in 2011, received a break in the investigation. Through continued fact finding efforts, in 2012, detectives were able to positively connect Saulsberry to the shooting and murder of Wayne Thompson.

 

In June of 2012, Detectives Mike Sticker and Stephen Jenkins advised Saulsberry of his rights and charged him with the Second Degree Murder of Wayne Thompson.

 

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