Monterey man charged with second-degree murder

Published 3:30 pm Thursday, June 2, 2016

MONTEREY — A Monterey resident has been charged with second-degree murder and more arrests are pending in connection with the homicide of a man whose body was found in a Bayou in April.

Hartwell Layne Tiffee, 34, 679 Louisiana 907, has been charged with second-degree murder by the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning, public information officer Vernon Stevens said.

Tiffee was named a person of interested in the homicide of Duell Moreland, 26, the week after family members found the victim’s body on April 29 in a bayou off of Peale Cross Road in Monterey.

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Though the sheriff’s office was still waiting on results from the crime lab, Stevens said investigators believed the evidence was enough to seek a warrant.

Moreland went missing from his grandparent’s residence on March 29. He reportedly received a number of phone calls that evening before leaving the residence, which is where he primarily resided.

After a month of searching, his body — mostly skeletal remains — was found in late April by his grandfather, Rufus “Buddy” Tiffee, who received a tip from a family friend and organized a boat expedition.

Tiffee, a relative of Moreland’s, was already in jail on other charges when the warrant was issued. His bond was set at $650,000.