Investigators in brutal murder case execute search warrant

Christopher Disspayne (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Disspayne (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Investigators went to a Livingston Parish home late Tuesday night after getting some tips on the gruesome murder of Lindsay Ellixson, 21.

Even though they went there on those tips, the arrest they made had to do with a sex offender.

It's a small, quiet neighborhood near the antique district in Denham Springs where people are getting ready for Christmas, but across the street at N. College and Carpenter streets, is a very different scene.

Yellow tape went up, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and State Police crime scene units drove in, and several law enforcement agencies worked through the night.  

"The EBRSO Homicide division is continuing their investigation into the unsolved homicide of Lindsay Ellixson," said State Police Capt. Doug Cain.

Ellixson's body was found in Claycut Bayou near Tiger Bend Rd. more than two weeks on Nov. 16th by some fishermen.  

"She appears to have been dumped here, somewhere along the waterway," said EBRSO Sgt. Richard Decuir.

Detectives describe Ellixson's murder as "unusually brutal and violent."  Even though her body was found Nov. 16th, investigators said the last time her family heard from her was Nov. 3rd.  

Tips and leads into her death took investigators to Livingston Parish.  

"That investigation led us to an individual on Carpenter St. in Denham Springs late last (Tuesday) night.  As they interviewed the individual, they learned that he was a non-compliant sex offender," said Capt. Cain.

That individual was Chris Disspayne, 53.  He was arrested and charged with failure to register as a sex offender, but the investigation was far from over.

"It did lead us to get a search warrant for his residence which is currently being carried out," said Capt. Cain.

EBRSO and State Police crime scene detectives spent a few hours collecting evidence from inside Disspayne's home.  They would not say what they collected, if any of the evidence is linked to Ellixson's death, or if Disspayne is a suspect in Ellixson's death.  

Disspayne has not been charged with any other crimes other than failing to register as a sex offender.  The I-team dug into Disspayn'e past convictions and found three past offenses: Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile (1990 in Louisiana), Aggravated Kidnapping (1982 in Kentucky) and Forcible Rape (1982 in Kentucky).  Disspayne served time for all three convictions.  

All the material collected from Disspayne's home is at the State Police Crime Lab where investigators are going through it.  

Disspayne is at the Livingston Parish Prison on a $500,000 bond.

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