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Man sought after human, animal remains found at 'altar' in Slidell home

Joshua Roques, wanted by the Slidell Police department after human remains, animal remains and several drugs were found at his home. (Source: Slidell Police Dept.) Joshua Roques, wanted by the Slidell Police department after human remains, animal remains and several drugs were found at his home. (Source: Slidell Police Dept.)
Police say Roque drives this silver 2004 Infinity G35 with Louisiana license plate WXL176. (Source: Slidell PD) Police say Roque drives this silver 2004 Infinity G35 with Louisiana license plate WXL176. (Source: Slidell PD)
Police execute search warrant. (FOX 8 Viewer) Police execute search warrant. (FOX 8 Viewer)
SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) -

Police executed a search warrant at a Slidell home Tuesday after receiving information that the resident was in possession of human remains.

Slidell Police are now searching for 31-year-old Joshua Roques, who is wanted for multiple charges.

At Roques' home in the 200 block of Woodcrest Drive, detectives said they discovered human skulls, human bones, animal bones and dried blood in a large cast iron bowl surrounded by candles, elaborately dressed dolls and other "ritualistic materials." Investigators believe the blood is animal blood, with the possibility that Roques was sacrificing animals at an altar.

"I can tell you that there is no question that he was sacrificing animals and rodents and things of that nature inside of his house. It reeked horribly," said Slidell Police Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau.

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office took possession of the bones and tested them to be certain that they were human. The results showed approximately a dozen of the bones collected were human, and the others appeared to be from a dog and other animals. Slidell Police believe the human skulls and bones were taken from a grave and do not think the bones are related to a homicide.

“We are going to do everything we can to identify the human remains," said St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston. "We are taking DNA and sending the bones to the Louisiana State University Anthropology Lab in order to assist us with the identification.”

Late yesterday evening, Slidell Police issued arrest warrants for Roques for the following charges:

- Interring or cremating human remains
- Unlawful disposal of remains
- Opening graves; stealing body
- Mutilating, disinterring human remains
- Possession of cocaine
- Possession of drug paraphernalia

“To say this is disturbing, is truly an understatement and very unusual for our community," said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith. "We’re anxious to speak with the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in locating him so we can continue investigating this bizarre set of circumstances.”

Slidell Police are still searching for Roques, who fled before police arrived to conduct the search warrant. He is described to be 6’6” tall, has a bald head, weighs 170 pounds, and drives a silver 2004 Infinity G35 with Louisiana license plate WXL176. Roque is believed to be hiding in New Orleans and possibly has plans to flee the state. Anyone with information is asked to call the Slidell Police Department at 985-643-3131 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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