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NPSO identifies first homicide victim of 2013

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NATCHEZ, LA (KSLA) -

Natchitoches authorities say the body found Sunday morning has been identified as that of Derrick Wayne Howard.

Howard was 32 and lived in the 1200 block of Berry Avenue in Natchitoches, deputies announced on Monday. They are not releasing the cause of Howard's death pending their ongoing homicide investigation.

Sheriff Victor Jones says the department got a call about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday from a couple traveling on the Old River Road just north of Natches, reporting what appeared to be a body lying in a field off of the roadway.

Howard's body has been sent for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about the case to contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 352-6432, NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at (318) 357-7830, Chief Investigator Greg Dunn at (318) 357-7834, Asst. Chief of Investigations Detective Reginald Turner at (318) 471-2485 or Detective Victor Kay at (318) 471-3552.

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