Family offers $30,000 reward for information in 2016 killing

Published 12:39 am Sunday, May 14, 2017


MONTEREY — The family of Duell Moreland is offering a $30,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons who killed the 26-year-old in 2016.

Anyone with information can call the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-336-5231 or 318-336-9148. Moreland’s mother Kim Murrell asked anyone with information to also contact Moreland’s grandfather Buddy Tiffee at 318-613-6746.

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The family has been critical of the sheriff’s office investigation.

Moreland went missing on March 29, 2016, and his body was found by his grandfather in a bayou off Peale Cross Road in Monterey on April 29, 2016.

Moreland had been last seen at his grandparents’ house. Moreland reportedly had received a number of phone calls that evening before leaving the house, which is where he primarily resided.

Tiffee found his grandson’s body — mostly skeletal remains — after he received a tip from a family friend and organized a search.

In June, Hartwell Layne Tiffee was charged by the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office with second-degree murder but released after an October grand jury did not indict him.

Due to Hartwell Tiffee’s father, Red Tiffee, being a police juror, District Attorney Brad Burget was recused from the case and the Louisiana Attorney General’s office prosecuted the case.

Seventh Judicial District Judges Kathy Johnson and John Reeves recused themselves because the judge’s office receives funding from the police jury.

Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Kenneth Hedrick and Chief Deputy David Hedrick could not be reached for comment. David Hedrick had previously said the investigation is ongoing.