Suspect named in murder of Hammond woman from 2012

Suspect named in murder of Hammond woman from 2012

HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) - Police named a suspect in the 2012 murder of a Hammond woman.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office named 44-year-old Eric Selders as a suspect in the murder of Mary Alvarez. Alzvarezs' husband found her with a gunshot wound to her head on Nov. 14, 2012 inside the nursery they owned together.

There were few leads to go off of early in the investigation according to police. It wasn't until a year later, in November 2013, that detectives received their first tip that lead them to name Eric Selders as a suspect. Selders was arrested days later on drug and firearm charges and eventually sentenced to 15 years in jail. If convicted in the murder of Alvarez, Selders will serve both sentences concurrently.

Now, the TPSO says they have enough evidence to obtain an arrest warrant for Selders in connection Alvarez's murder. However, since Selders is already in jail on a lengthy sentence, the TPSO is taking time to bolster their case against Selders to make it as strong as possible before making an arrest.

The investigation into Mary Alvarez's murder is ongoing. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the TPSO at985-345-6150 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 800-554-5245.

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