Cold case murder solved after 14 years
POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 10:13am
Tangipahoa Parish, La — A 14-year-old murder investigation finally comes to close with the arrest of Ronnie Saulsberry, 32, in Tickfaw, LA.
On June 9, 1998, Wayne Thompson, who would have been 33-years-old, was reported missing by his father. Thompson was last seen after participating in a dice game at a residence on Saw Mill Road on April of 1998.
It was discovered that after the dice game, Thompson robbed several subjects with a handgun with the intentions of having the ability/funds to purchase illegal narcotics. The very next night, Thompson’s victims located him and threatened to kill him for robbing them the previous evening. Thompson was last reported to have seen on April 11, 1998.
After being reported missing, rumors were spreading around that Thompson was shot and his body disposed of in the Tickfaw area. Years later, in 2004, remains were recovered on Chemekette Road in Robert, La which were later identified as Thompson.
Through continued fact finding efforts, in 2012, detectives were able to positively connect Saulsberry the shooting and murder of Wayne Thomson.
On June 20, at around 12:.00 p.m., Saulsberry was charged with Second Degree Murder. Saulsberry is currently in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail serving a five-year sentence on a prior drug conviction.