St. Martinville — At approximately 9 a.m. Friday (Nov. 21), St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s deputies discovered the body of a black male in the Southern Bay Oilfield off of La. 96 in St. Martinville near Adam Carlson Park.
Maj. Ginny Higgins reported that the victim’s identity and cause of death are unknown, but the body was found near a month old crime scene that involved suspect Jules Mallery who is still reportedly at large.
Authorities are conducting an investigation in the incident, but will not verify the victim’s identity until autopsy results are complete.
If the unidentified man is not Mallery, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. Martinville Police Department have yet to locate him. He is wanted for a double kidnapping and shooting that occurred on Oct. 19. Both departments are asking for the public’s help.
According to authorities, Mallery has been in and out of St. Martin Parish several times since the incident.
SMSO investigators have learned that after the abduction of the two St. Martinville women, Mallery forced them to drive to Adam Carlson Park in St. Martinville.The suspect then ordered the two females to exit the vehicle and then forced them into a secluded wooded area adjacent to the park. There he then sexually assaulted one of the females. Several hours later, Mallery shot a semi-automatic pistol at one of the victims, nearly striking her. She was able to escape and return to her vehicle in order to call 911 at a nearby residence.
Police arrived on scene and located the second victim, who had been shot twice. She remains hospitalized and her condition is currently listed as moderate to severe.
Mallery then fled into a wooded area after shooting the victim. Authorities were not able to locate Mallery following a thorough search of the crime scene and surrounding areas.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Jules Mallery is asked to contact the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 394-3071. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect who is considered armed and dangerous.
In addition to the two counts of aggravated kidnapping being charged by the St. Martinville Police Department, he is also being charged with the following by the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office: two counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of false imprisonment and aggravated rape.