Man suspected of murdering wife found dead
BATON ROUGE - The state fire marshal's office said Friday that an East Feliciana man suspected of murdering his wife and covering the crime with a fire took his own life earlier today.
Chief Deputy Brant Thompson said investigators found the body of Adren Allen, 48, of Greensburg in a rural area of East Feliciana Parish near the St. Helena Parish line.
Thompson said Allen disappeared early in their investigation into his wife's Oct. 11 death and the arson of their home. An autopsy revealed Marsha Allen died hours before the fire happened, and investigators said they were able to place Allen at the scene during the early stage of the fire. He told investigators he had left the house to buy livestock feed before the fire started.
Investigators said they received information this week that Allen was holed up in a hunting camp along the Amite River near Felixville. When they arrived and searched the area, investigators said they found Allen dead from self-inflicted wounds in his late wife's vehicle.
State fire marshal investigators said they received help in the investigation from the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office, the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.