Reward for info about Monterey slaying offered

Published 12:06 am Friday, November 21, 2014

VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with a Sept. 22 slaying in Monterey.

John Perritt, 63, was found dead outside his Eloise road residence in late September, with evidence suggesting he had been there for some time.

Perrit was discovered after someone grading a road near the house smelled something foul and saw a blanket with a human foot sticking out from beneath.

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Many details of the case have not been released on the record, but CPSO Investigator Philip Webber said the sheriff’s office has a suspect.

Webber declined to discuss specific details about the suspect.

“We have a suspect but at this time, I need more information before I can make an arrest,” Webber said. “If I can get some credible evidence, credible statements that match the physical evidence that I have, we can make an arrest.”

The CPSO started advertising the reward Saturday. It’s the first time the CPSO has advertised a reward for a homicide in the 16 years Webber has worked there, he said.

The investigator said part of the reason the case has not been publicly discussed is because of its unsolved nature.

“We usually on a homicide have our suspect known within hours and usually caught within hours, but this one is difficult,” he said. “If someone comes forward, I can differentiate the rumors because of what we do know, and when it comes to light, people will realize why this case was so complicated. It is more complicated than anything I have seen on television.”

Those with information can contact Webber at 318-336-9148 or 318-336-5231.