Police seek second vehicle in murder of man found in Cross Lake
Marion Lee Brown, 54 (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office)
Firefighters from Red Springs found Brown's 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser on Friday night near Lavender Road, just north of I20 near Tyler State Park in Texas.
Brown's body was spotted by boaters on Saturday morning near the Cross Lake bridge.
Brown's body was pulled from Cross Lake and taken to SPD's Cross Lake Patrol and collected from there by the Caddo coroner's office.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA/KTVT) -
Police are looking for a second vehicle involved in the murder of a man found in Cross Lake last week, but do not yet have a description for it.
Shreveport police have been unable to connect that man, Marion Lee Brown, 54 of Parker County, Texas, to the Caddo Parish area, saying he may have never even been here before his body was found.
On Wednesday, the SPD released Brown's name. His body was discovered floating in the lake last week. Smith County, TX Sheriff Larry Smith confirmed that night that the body parts found rolled in carpeting and burned on a Smith County road on May 23 are Brown's.
There are several law enforcement agencies working on the case because there are three crime scenes related to it.
"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. The Shreveport Police Department was contacted by the Smith County Sheriff's Office 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 said that car belonged 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.