KENNER, La. – Several law enforcement agencies spent the bulk of the day Wednesday searching the Kenner home of 28-year-old Margaret Sanchez and taking out potential evidence.
Sanchez and her companion, 39-year-old Terry Speaks are considered ‘persons of interest’ in the killing of New Orleans woman Jaren Lockhart, whose body parts were found washed up on Mississippi beaches last week.
The pair was arrested overnight in Tangipahoa Parish on unrelated charges. Sanchez had an extradition hearing in Amite, while Speaks was in federal court in New Orleans on charges that he violated terms of his status as a registered sex offender.
One neighbor of Sanchez’s said he and his wife recognized her image immediately when it was broadcast on television Tuesday night after Hancock County officials released a videotape they say showed Sanchez and Speaks leaving a New Orleans nightclub with Lockhart.
Among the agencies on the scene were: the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police, U.S. Marshal’s Office and the FBI/New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force.
Several items from inside the home were boxed up and taken out.
Neighbors said Sanchez and Speaks lived in the home but that Speaks and Sanchez have only been together for a few months.
The neighbors told Eyewitness News that Sanchez was a street performer in the French Quarter. An online profile page also said she was a cocktail waitress and a model.
Neighbors also said the couple mostly kept to themselves.
“Him I don’t really know about him,” said one neighbor. “He doesn’t wave, say hi, or say bye or anything. Her, well she’s… I would have never expected that.”