There’s been a big break in the murder mystery of a 12-year-old girl’s human remains that were found in Catahoula Parish in October.
is the suspect in the kidnapping of Lexis Kaye Roberts, whose skeletal remains
were discovered by hunters north of
confirm that sheriff’s investigators and FBI agents are in
sheriff says he expects additional charges against Thomas in
Authorities arrested Sanders without incident and describe him as cooperative during interviews. The sheriff says that FBI flyers and media attention about Sanders’ appearance, including his sweet tooth, lead to his arrest.
“When he came in to the truck stop, his shirt was unbuttoned, and the employee saw the tattoo. He bought a lot of candy bars. His dress and physical description indicated that it was probably the suspect,” said Sheriff James Kelly, Catahoula Parish.
But the arrest of Thomas Sanders signals relief and other strong emotions for mothers who were interviewed by NBC 10.
“I’m angry. We’re lucky the police caught him. If anyone got him here, they would’ve been picking up a corpse,” said Stacey Williams.
“That was an innocent little girl. Twelve years old. Just starting her life. I’m glad he’s off the streets,” said Melissa Harris.
Teams of FBI agents pieced together the story of how Lexis Kaye Roberts became a murder victim: Who shot the little girl and left her to die in the woods? And Why was she found 1500 miles from home?
agents say it all started with a vacation trip across the country, that started
The FBI later released surveillance video from a Wal-Mart in September, showing Sanders buying bullets that fit into a weapon that ended Roberts’ life.
a bizarre twist, officials say the suspect was declared legally dead by his own
sheriff says Sanders slipped under the radar since there’s no national death
certificate registry. Also, officials say Sanders committed crimes in other
“Deaths are not entered into a national database. Only reason you’d be aware of a death certificate is if you had a reason to collect benefits or if you had dealings with that person declared dead,” said Sheriff Kelly.