The search for a killer locally in Ouachita Parish is gaining national attention on America’s Most Wanted.
It’s been five years and no one’s been arrested in the double homicide of two teenagers, and shooting of a mother, who survived the attack.
Detectives are asking for witnesses who may have information about the deaths of Tyler Jones and Amanda Oliphant, both 18, to come forward. Investigators believe the motive was robbery.
On Dec. 29, 2005, Tyler Jones was gunned down in his home.
Before midnight, his mother, Deborah Jones, said she was watching television when she heard a knock at the door.
“The last thing Tyler said to me, was, ‘Mom, I got it,’” said Deborah Jones, not knowing those would be her 18-year-old son’s last words.
Soon after, Deborah heard the unmistakable shatter of gunfire through her house, only to discover her son, Tyler, and his friend, Amanda, had been shot several times.
The man who shot down her son aimed the barrel of the gun into Deborah’s face and fired, leaving her for dead. But months after a long recovery, she survived.
"I want to know who did this, and why. I want them to pay for this. Somebody knows something, I don't know why they won't come forward. Why they won't tell. They have to have a mother,” she said.
Investigators released a sketch of the man they believe is the killer. Officials say he’s a black man in his twenties, who is heavy-set with light-colored eyes. Deputies also believe he has ties to 31 Flavors, a notorious local gang that’s been linked to drugs and violent crimes.
But the wheels of justice turn slowly for Deborah, who’s been waiting for nearly five years for an arrest, or some sign of closure.
Now detectives are taking to case nationally, appealing to America’s Most Wanted, which now lists the double homicide on their web site.
The assistant warden of OCC says he shows the composite sketch of the killer to every prisoner who walks into the gates, hoping that tips lead to an arrest.
"We want to know the relationship between the shooter and the victim, and we hope if we publicize it enough, that they'll do the right thing and solve the case,” said Sgt. Darrel Frost with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. "We do know we arrested a gang member for burglary at the house weeks before where rims were taken off Tyler's room. That person was arrested. He was the member of a local gang, 31 Flavors.”
"We want to work it correctly. We keep putting it out there, talking to people. We're going to get a break. We don't know when it's going to be,” said Major Jason Pleasant.