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Old 01-28-2011, 01:04 PM
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LA - Leon Rachal, 82, Ponchatoula, 19 Jan 2011 - Wesley Smith Jr. chgd w/ murder

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HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Investigators have found the burned-out car of an 82-year-old man who has been missing for a week, but the whereabouts of the victim remain unknown. A suspect was arrested for allegedly breaking into the man's home the same day he went missing.

According to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Leon Rachal of Ponchatoula was last seen at home by relatives on Jan. 19. His 2004 Chevy Cavalier was located in a remote wooded area off LA 442 in Livingston Parish. It was completely burned.


Rachal is 5'4", weighs 150 pounds and needs daily medical attention. Foul play is suspected. The arrestee is Wesley Smith Jr., 32.
http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=13920248

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Old 01-28-2011, 01:14 PM
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I hope they find him but it doesn't sound good. It seems like there's a pattern here with elderly people missing and cars/RV's found burned.

Prayers to the family...
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:35 PM
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Prayers for Mr. Rachal. The trend in burning/arson is really disturbing. On a personal level, I have a close family member that is a firefighter. These criminals put so many of our loved ones in danger,too, as well as the whole innocent community.
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During the course of this investigation, detectives with the assistance from the TPSO Mounted Search and Rescue Team and LASAR Cadaver Dogs, searched several areas of interest for Rachal’s body to no avail. This Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and the LA. State Fire Marshall is also assisting the TPSO in this investigation.

So Glad They are actively searching with trained dog teams...
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Man faces murder charge with no body

A man originally arrested for allegedly breaking into a missing elderly man's home has now been charged with that man's murder, but authorities have not found the victim's body.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said Wesley Smith Jr., 32, of Hammond, faces a first-degree murder charge for the apparent death of Leon Rachal, 82, of Ponchatoula.

More: http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=14368221
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Tangipahoa Sheriffs identify found skeletal remains as missing man

Skeletal remains found buried in a shallow grave on May 4 have been identified as Leon H. Rachal, an 82-year-old man missing since Jan. 22.

More: http://www.wwltv.com/news/Tangipahoa...121657029.html
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Despite Smith’s arrest and the uncovering of Rachal’s body, Edwards said the investigation will continue and more arrests are possible.
More arrests? So there may have been more than just one person attacking this man?
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