Sheriff Seeking Identity Of Persons Possibly Connected to Woman Found Dismembered

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 3:04pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — Law enforcement revealed the surveillance video showing two persons of interest in the case of a Louisiana woman whose dismembered body was found over several beach locations in Mississippi.

Law enforcement officers in two states are working together to identify the person or persons responsible for the death of Jaren Lockhart, 22.

Surveillance footage captured at the entrance of the club where Lockhart was last seen shows the young woman leaving with the couple. Continued footage from cameras located along Bourbon Street show Lockhart voluntarily walking with them for several blocks.

Today, investigators are looking for the man in the video as well the woman. The man is a person of interest in the case. Investigators said they are looking for the woman and “fear for her safety.”

“She possibly is possibly in danger if the perpetrator thinks she can identify him,” Glenn Grannan, Chief Investigator Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, explained. “This was not some random shooting. Whoever did this is capable of some pretty heinous things.”

The torso of Jaren Lockhart was first discovered on the Mississippi beach in Bay St. Louis on Thursday, June 7 by a cleaning crew. The head, arms and legs were removed from the body and there were stab wounds to the chest. Preliminary forensics revealed that the limbs had been intentionally removed and that the torso washed ashore.

Lockhart was positively identified as the victim on Saturday, June 9 after her severed limbs, including her head, were also recovered in the water not too far from where the torso was found.

“They all match with the torso based on the tattoos on her body,” Grannan explained.

Lockhart was last seen at 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6 walking out of her place of employment with the couple. The club where she worked is located on the 300 block of Bourbon Street. Lockhart was reported missing the next day by her boyfriend after he was unable to contact her and became concerned. Investigators say the couple identified today are the only two people who are unaccounted for from that night.

Lockhart was the mother to one child.

If you have any information that could help investigators determine who Lockhart was last with you’re urged to contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at (228) 466-6900 or the New Orleans Police Department at (504) 821-2222.

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