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The Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office has arrested two suspects in connection with the 2003 cold case murder of 44-year-old Debbie Ann Lindsey of Amite, La.

According to Sheriff Daniel Edwards, 33-year-old Karen Birch and 39-year-old David Morris have been taken into custody, and both have been charged with second-degree murder.

On February 17, 2003, Lindsey's parents reported her missing after her boyfriend called and said she had been missing for two days. At the time of her disappearance, Lindsey lived with her 28-year-old boyfriend, who said he filed a missing persons report immediately, but no such report was ever found, according to the Sheriff's Office.

On March 13, 2003, detectives found Lindsey's body in a wooded area near her Amite residence. Lindsey's body was abandoned and badly decomposed, but autopsy results verified that she died from being stabbed multiple times.

The suspects, Morris and Birch, who were friends of the victim, have always been persons of interest in the case, according to Sheriff Edwards. He explained that by re-interviewing friends and relatives, several new witnesses then came forward and provided statements connecting the two suspects to the case.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office assisted the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office in the case and the investigation is ongoing. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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