3 charged in connection with body found in Tickfaw

Cody Powell of Loranger. source: TPSO
Cody Powell of Loranger. source: TPSO
Updated: May. 30, 2018 at 11:26 AM CDT
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Kayla Rodrigue. Source: TPSO
Kayla Rodrigue. Source: TPSO
Darwin Dugger. Source: TPSO
Darwin Dugger. Source: TPSO

TICKFAW, LA (WVUE) - Three Tangipahoa Parish residents have been charged in connection with the death of a 43-year-old man whose body was found in a wooded area in Tickfaw.

On Tuesday around 7:44 a.m., 43-year-old Bowen Dewey Soulier of Pearl River, LA. was reported missing by family members.

According to the report, the family said that they had not seen or heard from Soulier since early last Friday. Y

Soulier's body was located lying in a wood-line near the roadway on Oller Rd Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday 25-year-old Cody Powell of Loranger, 27-year-old Kayla Rodrigue of Ponchatoula, 19-year-old Darwin Dugger of Amite, LA were arrested and charged in connection with Soulier's disappearance and death.

Powell and Rodrigue were apprehended around 3:00 a.m. at the Hwy 190 Motel in Hammond, LA.

Powell has been charged with first degree murder, armed robbery by use of a firearm and obstruction of justice and Rodrigue charged with obstruction of justice, principle to armed robbery, and principle to first degree murder.

Around 4:00 a.m., TPSO detectives located the third suspect, 19-year-old Darwin Dugger at a residence in Independence.

Dugger has been charged with first degree murder, obstruction of justice, and armed robbery.

Over the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the victim planned to meet up with Rodrigue at a location in Tickfaw.

Unbeknownst to him, the meeting was allegedly just a set-up for robbery, according to the sheriff.

The sheriff said it is believed that when Soulier arrived to meet Rodrigue, he was met by two additional subjects who planned to rob him.

According to the report, a brief struggle ensued and Soulier was shot and killed by one male subjects.

The sheriff said the perpetrators then loaded Soulier's body into his vehicle and traveled a short distance before unloading his body on the side of the road near the corner of Oller and North Oller Rd.

They then proceeded to drive the victim's green Ford F-150 to the parish line in Uneedus where they set the vehicle on fire, according to the report.

Soulier was located by a driver who happened to see his body lying in the wood-line near the roadway.

Soulier was a resident of Pearl River, LA., however worked and had family and friends in Tangipahoa Parish.

This investigation is still on-going.  Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this homicide to please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office at 985-902-2088.  Detectives Stephen Jenkins and Heath Martin are the lead investigators on this case.

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