By CHRISTIN COYNE
Fingerprint comparison has confirmed that a body found Saturday in a Shreveport, Louisiana lake is that of 53-year-old Parker County man Marion Lee Brown, who was last seen May 22.
The homicide investigation began around 7 a.m. May 23, when Tyler-area law enforcement responding to a 911 call reporting a smoldering object on a Smith County roadway found burnt human remains, including pieces of skull, wrapped in burnt carpeting.
It “was obviously a scene at which the perpetrators discarded valuable evidence obviously subsequent to cleaning up the original homicide scene,” according to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, which stated that evidence recovered at the scene “strongly indicates this original homicide occurred within a motel room or residential type structure.”
Later that evening, a silver Toyota FJ Cruiser registered to Brown was found on fire on a road near Tyler State Park, also in Smith County.
Sunday, East Texas investigators learned of a body recovered from Cross Lake in Shreveport but were initially told the man was believed to have died due to a boat propeller.
However, Smith County detectives contacted the Caddo Parish coroner’s office again Tuesday and sent a photo of Brown, which the coroner used to make a tentative identification of Brown’s body.
Brown, who lived in the Rio Brazos neighborhood south of Weatherford and was employed by a company that sells refrigeration equipment, was last seen at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at work in Fort Worth and did not return to work Friday, according to authorities.
The killing is not believed to have occurred at his home, which was searched by the Texas Rangers and the Parker County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.
“Detectives from Parker County, Fort Worth PD, Shreveport, Louisiana PD, Texas Rangers and Smith County Sheriff’s Office continue to work closely together to solve this violent crime,” the Smith County Sheriff’s Office stated.
Those with any information that may be helpful to investigators are asked to contact Detective Sgt. Clint Benson with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 566-6600 or Smith County Crime Stoppers at (903) 597-2833. Crime stoppers callers may remain anonymous.