Man wanted after human and animal remains found on an altar at his home
SLIDELL – Slidell Police are looking for a man after detectives found animal and human remains on an altar in his home.
Slidell Police searched Joshua Roques' home in the 200 block of Woodcrest Drive, Tuesday night. According to investigators, human skulls and bones, animal bones and dried blood were found in a large cast iron bowl surrounded by candles and other ritualistic materials.
Detectives believe Roques may have been sacrificing animals and think the dried blood, was animal blood.
The human remains were tested by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office. Their tests show at least a dozen bones collected were human. Police think the human remains came from a a grave, and do not think they are related to a homicide. Roques fled the scene before the search warrant was issued.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith urges residents to come forward with information about Roques' whereabouts.
"To say this is disturbing, is truly an understatement and very unusual for our community. We're anxious to speak with the suspect and are asking for the public's help in locating him so we can continue investigating this bizarre set of circumstances," Chief Smith said.
Roques is wanted for interring or cremating human remains, unlawful disposal of remains, opening graves; stealing, mutilating or disinterring human remains, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Slidell Police say Roques is 6'6" male, with a bald head weighing around 170 pounds. They believe he is hiding in New Orleans and may plan to flee the state.