WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Around 2 a.m. on August 3, the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office was informed by the Bogalusa Police Department that a citizen had come forward to report a murder south of Bogalusa.
Deputies were dispatched to the residence and found Charles Joseph "Joey" Mixon, 41, outside of the house. Mixon was detained and questioned.
Once detectives from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office arrived, Mixon confessed to shooting a female and disposing of her body. He then led detectives to the site where he had left the body, which was found badly burned, making positive identification impossible.
Louisiana State Police was called to the scene, where they remained for most of the day to process the crime scene. Sheriff's detectives are continuing to interview people who may have information about the crime. Detectives are also processing the victim's vehicle, purse, and other personal items, hoping to gain additional information.
No motive for the murder has been clearly defined at this time.
The family of the victim, who was a St. Tammany Parish resident, has been notified. The victim's name will be released once DNA results confirm her identity.
Mixon was transferred to the Washington Parish Jail, where he is being held on a charge of second degree murder. No bond has been set.
"Washington Parish detectives are so appreciative of the help received from the Louisiana State Police and Bogalusa Police Department. We have an excellent working relationship with each of these agencies and thank them for all they do to assist us at any time we need their help," said Detective Lieutenant Tom Anderson.
"Our officers and officers from other agencies have provided valuable assistance in this investigation. We are continuing to look at all aspects of this case in an effort to determine the motive for the crime and whether or not any other person has knowledge of what happened. Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family of the victim and I assure them we will continue to investigate until we know as many details as possible," said Sheriff Randy Seal.