Louisiana cops arrested local man over death of a man from Georgia who was found dead of yet to be identified causes, in a vacant lot in Baton Rouge, wrapped in a carpet
His wife has questioned LA State Police apparent reluctance in processing what she considers potential evidence
Derrick Perkins, 45, was arrested Tuesday on charges of damage to property, three counts of access device fraud and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
Perkins ‘was seen driving [Millard’s], stolen car near crime scene’ in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Property all belonged to Georgia father-of-five, Nathan Millard, 42, of Walton County, Georgia
Millard was found dead on March 6, wrapped in plastic and rolled up in a carpet, in a vacant lot near Scenic Hwy, Baton Rouge
The deceased who works for a construction company, was on a business trip to Louisiana, but was last seen on February 23
Amber Millard said her husband’s recovered phone was turned over to his employer without processing
The carpet was left behind where the body was found and his metal money clip wallet was also returned without processing
Perkins is not accused of killing Nathan Millard
Police in Louisiana have arrested a man in connection with the death of a man visiting Baton Rouge on business, after his body was found rolled up in a carpet and dumped in a parking lot.
Derrick Perkins, 45, was arrested Tuesday on charges of damage to property, three counts of access device fraud and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He is not accused of killing Nathan Millard.
The suspect who allegedly, was seen driving a stolen 2004 Toyota Camry near the crime scene has been accused of using the deceased’s debit card.
Millard, 42, a father-of-five who was known for being a family man, was found dead by Louisiana authorities, in a vacant lot near 2900 block of Scenic Hwy, Baton Rouge, on March 6.
The body was wrapped in plastic and rolled up in a carpet.
The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner said Millard had “[n]o evidence of internal or external trauma” after his death, but a final autopsy report is pending toxicology results.
Investigators reportedly told Millard’s family that he likely died of an accidental overdose with other people who attempted to hide his body.
When the law caught up with him, Derrick Perkins allegedly had spray painted the bumper of Millard’s car, removed stickers and swapped license plates.
When the news about the Millard’s death came to light, police accused the suspect of attempting to ‘disguise’ the vehicle. When police found Millard’s car on Monday, it had been burned.
However, Perkins has not been accused of any wrongdoing in connection to the death of the vehicle owner.
Police claim that there is surveillance footage of Perkins using Millard’s debit card at two businesses within days of his disappearance.
Millard, who was in the area to scout out a job site for the construction company he worked for, was last seen around 11:30 pm on February 23 at Happy’s Irish Pub on Third Street in the downtown area.
His cause of death is unknown and will be determined by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office.
Millard from Walton County, Georgia, had traveled to Baton Rouge for what was supposed to be a 24-hour business trip, his wife Amber had said.
But after a Louisiana State University basketball game and drinks at the pub with his work client, Millard never made it back to his hotel room a short walk away. The room was reportedly not disturbed and he hadn’t shown up to a scheduled meeting the next morning.
Millard was a father to four teenage boys and a seven-year-old daughter, and was on the business trip to stake out a prospective job site for his Conyers-based company Advanced Construction.
Images from surveillance footage showed Millard leaving the Courtyard Marriott where he was staying that night with his work client.
His phone was found not far his hotel and his debit card was used following his disappearance.
His wife however, has questioned the approach of Louisiana State Police in the investigation of her husband’s death
Amber Millard complained that LA State Police initially did not appear to be applying urgency investigating the death until they felt external pressure she brought to bear after contacting Texas EquuSearch, after she grew frustrated with the lack of progress.
Amber wonders why ‘key pieces of evidence’ in her husband’s death were not collected, else left behind at the spot where the body was found, including his phone which was returned without being processed for leads, the carpet the body was rolled in, that was left behind in the vacant lot rather than been collected for processing.
Millard’s metal money clip wallet was also returned to her after investigators told that ‘it had passed through too many hand.’
Millard’s wife Amber previously told WSB TV that he had FaceTimed her that night from the LSU basketball game.
She said there was no text from him when she woke up the next morning, which was unusual for the ‘family man.’
Amber Millard also said that police told her that they had surveillance video of a person withdrawing money from her husband’s debit card at the ATM near a Greyhound bus station.