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(Kirk Meche/Special to the American Press)

(Kirk Meche/Special to the American Press)

UPDATE: CPSO investigate homicide of a 66-year-old Sulphur woman

Last Modified: Sunday, July 20, 2014 3:56 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office on Sunday were investigating the homicide of a 66-year-old Sulphur woman who was found dead in her home at 1026 Koonce Road.

The victim was identified as Pamela Parker, who appeared to have been deceased for “a couple of days,” said Sheriff Tony Mancuso. A family member discovered the body Sunday morning and called 911. The cause of death has not been released.

Mancuso said there are no suspects at this time, and there was no evidence of forced entry.

“By all appearances she leads a very simple life,” Mancuso said at the crime scene. “She didn’t have any enemies. It’s senseless.”

However, a family member told the American Press his aunt had four or five drug users staying in the shed behind her home.

“They had a meth lab. They were selling it and making it,” said Ernest Parker, the victim’s nephew. “It’s a bad deal. Everyone in the neighborhood called in on it. We couldn’t get any help. Now, my Aunt Pam is dead. What bothers me is we had to wait until it got to this point for the law to do anything.”

Parker said his aunt was always trying to help people who were “taking advantage of her.” They were staying in the shed rent-free, Parker said. No persons were in the shed Sunday during the investigation.

Parker said he spoke to the sheriff’s office personally about the situation a week ago.

“We had deputy sheriffs here evict two or three of them at one time or another,” he said. “But they always showed back up.”

In fact, the victim’s next door neighbor and family member constructed a 10-feet-high fence to separate their property from the ongoing alleged drug activity.

“That’s why my son put this fence up,” Parker said. “Just to keep the dope heads from walking in his front yard.”

In response to Parker’s comments, Mancuso said in a prepared statement that the sheriff’s office is hearing the same concerns from the family members regarding drug activity in the area.

“We are aware of their concerns, and we are investigating every possible aspect or lead in this case,” Mancuso said in the statement. “At this point in the investigation we do not believe the victim was involved in any illegal drug activity. Also as part of the investigation we are checking to see if we have received any prior complaints of drug activity in the area.”

Another neighbor and relative described the victim as “a recluse who kept to herself.”

“She was a good Christian woman,” Parker said. “She was married to my uncle for close to 50 years. I wasn’t expecting this.”

She was living in the home alone after her husband, Vernon, died a few years ago.


Posted By: Darlene Roark On: 8/16/2014

Title: Seeking Justice On 8 /16 / 2014

I'm a cousin of Pam and I ask that she is not forgotten. She does have family who loves her and we ask for justice.! I pray for all who are working on this case.

Posted By: Williams On: 7/31/2014

Title: CPSO IS doing their job!

This investigation is by the book! CPSO really does not have a reputation for being slackers.

Posted By: sharon koonce On: 7/29/2014

Title: what happened

does anyone have a clue as to who may have did this to my cousin. so sad.

Posted By: Fed Up With Stupid People On: 7/23/2014

Title: Really?

You're complaining about a forensic investigation unit?

Posted By: Ella Giaimis On: 7/22/2014

Title: Forensic Investigation Unit

How much did the Forensic Investigation Unit cost? How often is it used per month?
Why wasn't the CAT TEAM called out to investigate this Meth Lab on Koonce Road?

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