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Arrest made in connection with Reserve couple's deaths

A suspect was arrested Tuesday in connection with the deaths of a Reserve couple whose bodies were found in area waterways.

The suspect, Frank Mike, has been booked with interstate transport of a stolen vehicle, according to FBI spokeswoman Mary Beth Romig. More charges may be forthcoming, she said.

Mike turned himself in to law enforcement authorities. The FBI, DEA and the New Orleans Police Department were all involved in the investigation.

The investigation has taken many twists and turns over the past months. The victims, Lakeitha and Kenneth Joseph, disappeared on Feb. 19. Their Reserve home was found unlocked and ransacked. Their Dodge minivan was later found abandoned in Atlanta.

The couple's bodies were found floating in the Intracoastal Waterway in March. Autopsies originally showed the couple died of drowning.

In early April Coroner Dr. Frank Minyard classified the deaths as homicides. Court documents show the feet of both Kenneth and Lakeitha were bound with a blue nylon rope. The rope on Kenneth was tethered to the handle of a 30 pound kettlebell in an effort to weigh his remains down under the surface of the water.

A recent search warrant showed police obtained blood evidence from inside of the van. The search warrant also revealed police checked a Walmart in Kenner where surveillance video shows a man and woman buying two kettlebells and other items on Feb. 19, the morning the couple disappeared. 

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