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3 arrested in Maurepas in the murder of Ponchatoula teen girl

Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | Views: 56093

3 arrested in Maurepas in the murder of Ponchatoula teen girl
From the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office

Arrests in Homicide Investigation

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard confirms three arrests following the discovery of a body in the Maurepas area today.

Sheriff says, ‘This investigation is still active.  But, I can tell you how we got to these arrests today.  A Missing Persons report was filed with our office on February 9, 2018.  As detectives began looking into the case of missing 19-year old Emily Rodgers (from Ponchatoula, Louisiana), foul play was immediately suspected because of conflicting stories from those close to the investigation.  As detectives continued looking into this case, they uncovered that Emily had been living in the Maurepas area.  They also learned that some knew more about what happened to Emily than they were telling our detectives.  My detectives were able to work with a witness who revealed details about the final hours of Emily’s life and then to the location of her body – found February 13, 2018 around 12:00p.m. in a wooded area off Catfish Landing Road in Maurepas.  I can tell you that we believe John Cowart ended Emily’s life.  Others helped hide this fact.  The motive is unclear at this time.  We expect to learn a lot more about what led to Emily’s death pending an autopsy.’        

The following are either in or will be booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center in connection to this case. 

>John Cowart, 35 years of age, 13115 Deer St., Maurepas, LA
>Justin Scivique, 33 years of age, 15025 Picou Road, Maurepas, LA
>Derek Williford, 28 years of age, 15213 Bear Island Road, Maurepas, LA
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This investigation continues.  More arrests and charges are possible.