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SPD: No link between Cross Lake body and Caddo yet

Marion Lee Brown (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office) Marion Lee Brown (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office)

Shreveport police have not been able to connect a man found dead in Cross Lake to the Caddo Parish area, saying he may have never even been here before his body was found.

On Wednesday, the SPD released the name of that man, whose body was discovered floating in Cross Lake last week. He is 54-year-old Marion Lee Brown of Parker County, which is near Weatherford, Texas.

There are several law enforcement agencies working on the case because there are three crime scenes related to it.

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith also confirmed Wednesday night that the body parts found rolled in carpeting and burned on a Smith County road on May 23 are those of Brown.

"We really weren't anticipating that. We were hoping to get on the front end of things, interviewing witnesses in the Fort Worth area before they get stormed by the media," Smith said.

In Shreveport, police were called around 11 a.m. on May 24 to an area of the lake near the I-220 bridge for a report of a body found. That body was that of an adult Caucasian male who appeared to have sustained significant trauma to the head. The remains were taken to the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office for an autopsy.

Authorities identified the remains through a comparison of fingerprint data obtained from the Smith County Sheriff's Office. Shreveport police were contacted by Smith County after they learned a man feared missing from Weatherford fit the description of the body pulled from Cross Lake.

"We're looking at any kind of video or still photography or anything we can find from Parker County to Louisiana," Smith said, when asked about surveillance cameras capturing the suspects driving the victim's car.

He said about five percent of the victim's body was found early on May 23, rolled up in a carpet and set ablaze on County Road 371. Later that day, the firefighters from Red Springs found a 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser near Lavender Road, just north of I20 near Tyler State Park. Smith says that car belongs to Brown and was engulfed in flames when he arrived.

Authorities at the scene said no human remains were found inside the burned vehicle.

"We are looking for anybody that may have been with the victim or around him, especially in the early evening hours in Fort Worth last Thursday or any time during the day on Friday," Smith said.

Officials are also looking for a second vehicle involved in the murder but do not yet have a description of it, he said.

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