TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Detectives with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department have named a suspect in the 2012 brutal murder of a Hammond business woman.
Deputies say 63-year-old Mary Alvarez was found with a single gunshot wound to the head on November 14, 2012.
Her husband, Vic Alvarez, found his wife lying on the floor bleeding from her head. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Nearly exactly one year later, detectives received a tip about the murder stating that 44-year-old Eric Selders may have been involved in the murder. A few days later, detectives say Selders was by the DEA and charged with distributing narcotics and possessing a firearm.
Since his arrest in 2013, Selders has been incarcerated. He is currently serving 15 years on federal charges and is also facing additional federal drug distribution charges in Baton Rouge.
According to officials with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, "any additional sentence he receives in Baton Rouge will likely be consecutive to the 15-year sentence he is now serving."
TPSO and the District Attorney's Office is working to build up more evidence against Selders to present a strong case.
If anyone has any information about this case, they are asked to call the Detective Dale Athman and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department at 985-345-6150 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-554-5245.