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Dewoody booked in Opelousas case; victim's statement helped find Thomas

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 21:53:56-05

Phillip Dewoody, already under arrest in the disappearance of Joyce Thomas, has been booked in connection with the kidnapping of an Opelousas woman.

As we told you Sunday, he was considered a person of interest in the Opelousas case. He's now been booked with second-degree kidnapping charges in that case.

Police tell KATC that it was the victim in the Opelousas case who helped them find the body of Joyce Thomas. She told detectives where Dewoody allegedly took her after he kidnapped her, police say.

Opelousas Police tell us they were called on February 22 to investigate a kidnapping and sexual assault. While following leads they developed Dewoody as a suspect, then learned about his criminal history.

On February 26, Joyce Thomas disappeared.

On February 28, the victim picked Dewoody out of a photo line-up, police say. The victim told police that Dewoody drove up to her, forced her into a vehicle, and took her out of the city, where he assaulted her. The victim is a female in her late 40s to early 50s, police say.

Police also tell us there may be other victims out there. If you're the victim of a crime, please report it to your local law enforcement.

Dewoody is currently being held at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center.