St. Helena detectives investigating possible homicide of 65-year-old man

Note: Not the actual truck, but a representation of what it should look like
Note: Not the actual truck, but a representation of what it should look like

ST. HELENA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Sheriff's detectives in St. Helena Parish are investigating the death of a man found shot is his bed as a homicide.

Herbert Graves, 65, was found dead Sunday morning in his home on Museum Road in Greensburg. His 2008 Chevy pickup truck was also missing.

An autopsy revealed he had been shot in the head.

"Mr. Graves appears to have went to bed and retired for the evening, however, someone went in. That's why I feel someone could have possibly known him," Chaney said.

Police said Graves' family had not heard from the man since November 24. After several unanswered calls, police said the family drove to Graves' home, finding the door ajar and the truck gone.

"So they got a little uneasy, so they backed out and called the sheriff's office," Chaney said.

Graves is listed as the director of the Louisiana Museum of World Mechanical History, according to records from the Louisiana Secretary of State. The facility is located near his home.

Graves also was booked in August in St. Helena Parish on charges of human trafficking and second-degree kidnapping.

Police are still on the hunt for the truck, believing it could provide insight and clues. The truck has a Mississippi license plate that reads 1N26V.

Police said it is unclear whether the shooting was conducted by one or more individuals.

Those with information about the homicide or the truck are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.

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