Investigators ask for public's help in solving New Year's Day murder

Police are asking for help solving a New Year's Day murder
Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB
Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB
Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB
Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB

LABADIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - The owner of Bayou Stop Convenience Store in Assumption Parish was found murdered inside his home on Friday, January 2, 2015.

Detectives are trying to determine what led to the killing of Gordon Jones, Senior, 63.

Crime tape surrounded the family home days after detectives said Jones was murdered.

Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said what unfolded inside the house is somewhat of a mystery.

“This is going to be a tough investigation. This was called in a couple of days after, and the scene was a little chaotic, a lot of disarray in the house,” Waguespack said.

Jones' son, Gordon Jones, Junior, said he rushed to the house early Friday morning, after multiple calls to his dad on New Year's Day went unanswered.

The victim's son said when he walked into the front door he found his dad lying face down and naked in front of the sofa.

The sheriff said, based on evidence detectives collected inside the house, he believes Jones was shot dead at around midnight on New Year's Day.

“We heard a lot of fireworks in that area during the holiday period. So what appeared to be fireworks could have been gunshots,” Waguespack said.

The motive, he said, could be robbery. But investigators are not ruling out anything.

Sheriff Waguespack said detectives are actively following leads, and have conducted some interviews, but they are counting on witnesses to help them connect the chilling clues they uncovered inside the house.

“The family is very concerned. The family wants to find out what happened. So, I think the more cooperation we have from the public the better we'll do,” Waguespack said.

The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office and Virginia Baptist Church, where Jones' brother serves as a minister, are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

People with any information are urged to call Detective Captain Darren Crochet at 985-665-9780, the Criminal Investigative Division at 985-526-1627, and Crime Stoppers, at 344-7867.

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