Officers scour bullet-riddled SUV for clues to homicide

Officers scour bullet-riddled SUV for clues to homicide

PEARL RIVER, LA (WVUE) - Representatives with the NOPD, including the commander of the crime lab and the Pearl River Police Department worked side-by-side this morning to take a RAV4 apart, removing evidence from a murder carried out last week in New Orleans.

The SUV belongs to a man named Gerald Oster Jr., missing since April 3, and later found dead. When he went missing, his family contacted Pearl River police.

This case got interesting last Wednesday when New Orleans Police found this RAV4 riddled with bullets on a murder scene at Freret and Peniston streets. When they ran the tags, the NOPD contacted Pearl River officers.

Police Chief JJ Jennings told the NOPD to process the car, but with a backlog of work at the NOPD crime lab, the vehicle was instead brought to Pearl River.

The NOPD sent a team of investigators across the lake on Good Friday to look. By Monday, a homicide detective connected the vehicle to the Freret St. murder.

The vehicle was in safe keeping in the Pearl River garage and Wednesday it was picked over in detail as the NOPD and Pearl River police combed the SUV for clues. They pulled several slugs from the car door...

"We wanted to be very sure that we did everything we could to get every piece of evidence that was able to be located and recovered so we did that today. You see the condition of the vehicle behind us," said NOPD Crime Lab Commander DJ Albert. "It's because that's what was needed. It was what we had to do to get to that evidence that was embedded in that vehicle.

The two agencies are now working together to process this new evidence and hope to gain more information into exactly what happened on Freret St. and who might be involved.

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