Jim Mustian / The New Orleans Advocate
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The disappearance of Lakeitha and Kenneth Joseph has been steeped in mystery since the Reserve couple was reported missing February 19.
The discovery of their bodies last month in New Orleans East, pulled from the Intracoastal Waterway two weeks apart, yielded more questions than closure for grieving family members.
But while investigators have divulged little about their case, New Orleans police are pursuing evidence that suggests the couple were the targets of a calculated killing.
The deaths have not been classified as homicides by the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, which confirmed the victims drowned and were not shot, stabbed, strangled or beaten. According to new court documents, however, both victims were bound at the feet with blue nylon rope.
When fishermen spotted Kenneth Joseph's body March 22, the rope had been tethered to the handle of a 30-pound kettlebell in what detectives described as 'an attempt to weigh Joseph's remains down under the surface of the water.'
The rope tied to Lakeitha Joseph, whose remains were found March 10, appeared to be frayed at one end, according to a search warrant, leading detectives to believe she 'may have also been secured to a kettlebell prior to the blue rope breaking free, allowing her remains to surface.'
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