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Oct 7, 2009 12:40 PM by sleonard

Jennings Task Force Comprised of many Agencies

Jennings and Jefferson Davis Parish is hurting and grieving the deaths of 8 women since 2005. The Multi-Agency Investigative Team formed to investigate these deaths is comprised of many independent agencies working together to bring those responsible to justice. Since the body of Loretta was found in May of 2005, agencies outside Jefferson Davis Parish were called in to join in the investigation and to assist in the collection of evidence and crime scene analysis. The Multi-Agency Investigative Team is made up of the following agencies:

Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office

Jennings Police Department

15th Judicial District Attorney's Office

31st Judicial District Attorney's Office

LA State Police

LA Department of Probation and Parole

LA Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation

SW Louisiana Crime Lab

LA State Police Crime Lab

FBI Crime Lab

FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit

These agencies have selected some of their best men and women to assist the citizens of Jennings and Jefferson Davis Parish in this investigation. These law enforcement officers have worked tirelessly toward the goal of resolving these cases.

In addition, the LA Sheriff's Association Task Force as well as many other local agencies, continues to call with information or to compare information.

In addition to these Law Enforcement Agencies, resources from the Lake Charles Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Acadiana Crime Lab, Acadia Parish Coroner's Office, Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office, Jefferson Davis Parish Coroner's Office, FBI Critical Incident Response Team, America's Most Wanted, other non-governmental entities, professionals, and members of the academic community have also been utilized as resources available to the Investigative team.

Investigations such as these are some of the most time, resource, and manpower consuming cases in law enforcement. Many times rumor, insinuation, and innuendo tend to be accepted as fact and spread throughout a community. Focusing on the facts and not getting tunnel vision is what will eventually bring closure to the families of the victims.

Because this is an ongoing investigation, it is necessary that many details can only be shared between the law enforcement agencies assigned to the Investigative Team. Based on an analysis of the investigation thus far, we believe the homicides may be linked to a common offender. However, if other information becomes available that changes this analysis, we will release that information through the media. We will continue to investigate the cases individually and collectively.

We wish to assure the families of the victims that we continue to work diligently on these cases, follow every lead, and process every piece of evidence. When people outside of ongoing law enforcement investigations discuss them publicly in the media, they create an enormous risk of harm to the cases, and may even cause irreversible damage. They often speculate on the motives for murders and the possible characteristics of an offender. Such statements can misinform the public, and lead to mistrust of, and lack of confidence in law enforcement. This misinformation may also taint potential jury pools.

As the investigation continues, when information can be made public, we will continue our practice of information dissemination through our various media outlets.

The Investigative Team continues to pray for Loretta, Ernestine, Kristen, Whitnei, Muggy, Shay, Brittney, and Necole and your families. We truly appreciate all of the information we have received from the public to date and encourage anyone who thinks they may have information to contact the team, through any of the means listed below. Persons providing information can remain anonymous. Persons with information are strongly encouraged to provide it directly to the team, rather than through a third party. We encourage everyone to visit our website at www.jeffdaviscrimes.net and give information that is pertinent to any or all of the cases. Our tip line is (337) 824-6662 and America's Most Wanted Tip Line is 1-800 CRIME-TV. You can also visit their website at www.amw.com. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 863, Jennings, LA 70546.

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