Reward offered after man found shot to death in one parish, car found burned in another

Robert Hampton was missing for more than a week before officials found his body in a sugar cane field.
Published: Jan. 27, 2023 at 11:41 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2023 at 6:46 PM CST
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ST. JAMES PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A death investigation now spans across two parishes in south Louisiana. The remains of Robert Lee Hampton, 26, of Bay City Texas, were located near a sugarcane field somewhere in St. James Parish, said Bobby Webre, Ascension Parish Sheriff. His car had been found burned days earlier in Ascension Parish.

The sheriff released the timeline of events below:

January 19th: Family members told investigators Thursday, Jan. 19 was the last time anyone had seen or heard from Hampton. Hampton’s black 4-door Dodge Charger was found burned elsewhere in Ascension Parish.

January 25th: Hampton’s family filed a missing person’s report with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

January 28th: Wildlife and Fisheries agents find human remains near a sugarcane field in Convent. The agents discover bullet wounds on the body.

January 30th: Officials confirm the remains belong to Hampton.

The sheriff’s office has not identified a suspect or motive in the case at this time.

Robert Lee Johnson Hampton
Robert Lee Johnson Hampton(Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-621-4636 or by texting 84741 to an anonymous tip line. The St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office can be reached by calling 225-562-2200.

Crime Stoppers GNO will offer a cash award of up to $2,500 for tips that lead to an arrest and indictment. Additionally, Crime Stoppers GNO will offer a cash award of $1,000 that leads to the recovery of the gun used in this homicide or any gun used in a crime.

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