Electronic billboard seeks info on Payton murder

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport police are stepping up the effort to find the person who killed Sherri Payton.

Her body was found in the bathroom of her Lynbrook home on November third. Leads have dried up, but an electronic billboard flashing her picture is the latest attempt to change that.

"For the person who did this, I pray that God continues to lay on your conscience, and that you will not have any rest at all. And that you will not have any peace at all," says Payton's daughter, Brandy Taylor.

Taylor says her mother was a true woman of God-"She loved the Lord with all her heart, and she loved people the way God loves people---unconditionally."

Payton was found in her bathroom by a friend of her son Kory Hill. Her Pontiac Grand AM had been stolen. It was found the next day at the Centrum Apartments on Waggoner Street.

A month later, her family still grieves.

"She was a mother, a grandmother. Had another grand baby on the way that she'll never get to meet now," says her sister, Rita Payton.

"I really think about the good times, because she didn't deserve this," her brother, Frank Payton Jr., says.

Shreveport police put up the electronic billboard at West 70th and Fern hoping it will lead to new information.

"This is a joint effort between Crime Stoppers and Lamar Billboards in which we focus on a homicide case that has yet to be solved, in which we're trying to generate additional leads or tips," says Sgt. Jim Taliaferro.

This effort to find more leads that could help track down Sherri Payton's killer won't stop with this billboard. Taliaferro says much more is in the works for the very near future-"What we're going to be doing next week also is putting more billboards out in the traditional billboard fashion around the area in which Sherri actually lived."

"If you know something and this person is still out, then who is going to be next?" Brandy Taylor adds.

If you have any information about this case, call Crime Stoppers at 673-7373.

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