Family frustrated with SPD’s failure to find victim of car fire

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport police are investigating a homicide after a badly charred body was found in a wooded area around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Outside the crime scene a woman was wailing in tears because it turns out she was the sister who had found her brother’s body.

Neighbors filled the street of a Hollywood neighborhood after the burned body of a man was found in area known as Roberts Park. It’s on the corner of Wallace Avenue and Browning Street where police and fire crews were called out the night before because a car was on fire. Crews put the fire out but did not see a body. Now, they say they believe it’s connected.

“How far away was the body from the car? I don’t have an exact distance. It was fairly significant. Probably a couple hundred yards from where the vehicle was located,” said Corporal Marcus Hines, Shreveport Police Department. “But it was down in a drainage area. A drainage ditch,”

Family members said they were the ones who found their loved one’s body after searching all day.

“They did not even get dogs out. No one was there and we were here all this morning from 9 to 1:30 p.m. and no one ever showed up,” said Barbara Russ, the victim’s aunt.

“I feel like the police department did not do their job. The family had to go and find their loved one and call the police to let them know,” said LaTonya Bates, the victim’s mother-in-law.

They say they feel like if police had noticed the body then the outcome could have been different.

“They should have came this morning, yes. Because I think they could have saved him because I think he was fighting for his life,” Russ said.

“They failed to investigate this burning car and our loved one was ten feet away from his car,” Bates said.

As they’re mourning, they hope someone speaks out.

“Would ya’ll please speak up or come forward and let us know. It could have been ya’ll. Or come forward and let us know,” Bates and Russ said.

The coroner’s office will identify the victim. But his family said he was only 24-years-old.

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