Bossier authorities seek more tips from public about Benton homicide

Reward doubled for information about Benton homicide

BENTON, LA (KSLA) - The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help solving a homicide in the Benton area last month.

Detectives are actively working the case but are coming up empty-handed.

Caleb Pippenger, 31, was found dead March 15 outside his home on Post Oak Drive.

Authorities say a family gathering was underway when Pippenger went outside to smoke.

A short time later, family members found his body.

“We just don’t have answers. It’s puzzling even our detectives," sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis said.

“We’re not giving up and will not give up.”

Detectives began circulating a sketch of a person of interest for questioning. They still haven’t been able to find or identify him.

Bossier Parish authorities are circulating this sketch of a person of interest in connection with the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Caleb Pippenger, of Benton. Authorities urge you to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100 if you see or recognize the man depicted by the sketch. (Source: Texas DPS forensic artist Jorge Molina via Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
Bossier Parish authorities are circulating this sketch of a person of interest in connection with the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Caleb Pippenger, of Benton. Authorities urge you to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100 if you see or recognize the man depicted by the sketch. (Source: Texas DPS forensic artist Jorge Molina via Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)

Davis says they have received a number of tips about the case but nothing that can lead them to a suspect or an arrest.

“It’s been over a month now. We need somebody’s help. Somebody has some information," he said. "All we are looking for is that one puzzle piece that will help us to put this thing together.

"Our investigators are diligently working. They are following all the leads from the tips we’ve been getting. We need folks to continue to help us out. We have not received that tip that will lead us to that arrest.”

Pippenger’s case is one of five unsolved homicides in Bossier Parish. Some of the other four date back 10 years or more.

Davis says it’s crucial that detectives get information about Pippenger’s death as quickly as possible.

“The main thing is we’ve got a family still looking for answers.

“It’s one thing for investigators to try to solve these cases. We don’t want an unsolved homicide on our books,” he explained.

"But it’s not like that for the family. This is much more personal. And we really want to give them answers to bring closure to this case.”

Over the weekend, Bossier Crime Stoppers doubled the reward for information to $2,000.

The Sheriff’s Office hopes more money will lead to more answers.

Authorities urge anyone who recognizes the man in the sketch or who has any information about the homicide to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100.

Again, the reward now being offered for information is $2,000.

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