Posted: Jul 7, 2014 2:03 PM by Russell Jones & Rob Krieger
Updated: Jul 7, 2014 6:46 PM
VACHERIE - Mourners left flowers and tokens at the spot where a missing girl's body was found in St. James Parish this weekend.
Sheriff Willy Martin found the body of 12-year-old Talaija Dorsey in a wooded area outside Vacherie over the weekend. Deputies believe Dorsey had been at the location since she went missing on July 1.
Family members thanked the dozens of deputies, search crews and volunteers who assisted in the effort, but gave special thanks to the relentless effort put forward by the Sheriff.
"His final word was, 'Talaija I'm coming, I'm coming to get you,' and that's who found her, Sheriff Martin, he found Talaija," said Elizabeth Davis, Dorsey's Aunt.
St. James Sheriff Willy Martin said autopsy results that would show cause of death should be completed Monday. State Police have also been processing evidence from the scene since Sunday.
Her family now is waiting for answers on how the little girl was murdered.
"What agony did she have to sustain and again not knowing the unknown, and pieces are falling together, the answers are gonna come and then the family can start healing," said Davis.
Deputies arrested John Celestine, the fiance of Dorsey's mother, during the investigation on obstruction of justice charges, because he lied to investigators. A family member told News 2 one of Dorsey's slippers was found in Celestine's van. Dorsey was also found along the same route Celestine would normally use to get to work.
He is now considered a suspect in the case, and the sheriff said he would meet with the district attorney today to discuss formal charges.
A judge increased Celstine's bond to $200,000, but at this time his charges remain the same.