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Woman wanted in homicide has been found

Posted at 1:34 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 14:45:23-05

UPDATE: The woman wanted in the murder investigation of Matthew Mark Briscoe of Church Point has been located.

Tyla Meche was found and is being transported to the Acadia Parish Jail.

“Tyla Meche, who we have been searching for in a wooded/swampy area in the Branch Community has been located and is alive. We received information on her whereabouts within the last 30 minutes and deputies were able to locate her at a residence on the Church Point Highway just north of Branch where she was hiding,” a release from Sheriff KP Gibson states. “I want the thank America’s Cajun Navy and our deputies for their efforts in searching the wooded areas looking for Meche. They have all worked hard to find Meche. We received information of her being alive and in the area at a residence. Deputies located Meche and have arrested her in connection with Sunday’s murder investigation.”


The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation into a homicide which occurred this past Sunday in the Branch community.

Kervee Woodard was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. He is currently in the Acadia Parish Jail.

Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Deputies identified the victim as 32-year-old Matthew Mark Briscoe of Church Point.

“The focus of our investigation is to locate Tyla Meche,” said Sheriff KP Gibson. “Our goal is to locate her safely. We ask if anyone has been in contact with her since Sunday, to call investigators at 788-8721 or 788-8700.”

Investigators believe Meche may have entered the same wooded area that Woodard did as they were fleeing deputies. Though it is not confirmed that Tyla was with Woodard at the time he entered the wooded area, the investigation is focused on searching this area, added Gibson.

Tyla Meche and Kervee Woodard courtesy Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office


The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office will be working with America’s Cajun Navy for the use of their manpower and equipment to search the area. The location is swampy wetlands and is very difficult to operate within, according to Sheriff Gibson. “We appreciate their support,” he said.

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