Police: Man admits to killing Shannon Harris more than 2 decades ago in Houma

Police: Man admits to killing Shannon Harris more than 2 decades ago in Houma
Shannon Harris was missing for 22 years before he was located after his alleged killed confessed after a recent arrest. (Source: HPD)

HOUMA, La. (WVUE) - Police in Houma have made an arrest in the case of a man who disappeared 22-years-ago from Terrebonne Parish.

Detectives said they have made an arrest in the case. Officers charged Stanley Briggs, 47, with second-degree murder after Shannon Harris, 30, was last seen in 1998.

He was headed to the Houma Greyhound Bus Station after telling friends he was going to Dallas.

Police said Briggs was arrested on Sept. 19 after officers responded to a medical emergency to help him with an apparent drug reaction.

They said Briggs confessed to the murder of Harris while talking to officers.

The sheriff’s office said they have located the body on October 1. The location is in an area they have searched before.

Louisiana State University archeologists will be investigating the site.

30-year-old art student, Shannon Harris was reported missing by his family in October of 1998 after he did not return to the school he was attending in Dallas following a visit.

Houma detectives continued to follow up on leads in 2002 and explored a field near Hollywood Road and 9th Street with no results, said Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman.

Houma officers made contact with Briggs following a medical emergency call. Briggs gave information regarding the disappearance of Shannon Harris. Following the investigation, the death was considered a homicide the location of his body was disclosed.

“I wish to thank everyone who assisted us in this effort,” Chief Coleman said. “Although this is a very sad outcome, we find solace in the knowledge that these combined efforts might bring some closure.”

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