Latest Weather Blog
Search for missing man attracts national attention; causes concerns about safety in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - A near-two-week search ended early Monday morning when police found the body of a missing man from Georgia in a shed behind a defunct funeral home.
The building at 2929 Scenic Highway is three miles away from Happy's Irish Pub where Millard was last seen Feb. 22. Details about Millard's death are still pending as the investigation is ongoing.
“It’s still open-ended. We have to wait until we get the autopsy back and from there we’ll proceed in whatever direction we’re going to go in. Now there are certain things surrounding this investigation that are suspicious in nature, so that’s why I’m saying it’s still ongoing," BRPD Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said.
Millard’s disappearance from Downtown Baton Rouge made national headlines, putting the safety of the city in the spotlight. Public relations expert Mary-Patricia Wray says incidents like this may impact tourism and growth.
"Whenever we have a high-profile crime that gets national attention—regardless of who the victim is, regardless of who the survivors are—when major industries notice they always have a reaction. Sometimes that reaction is to pass a bill that they don't think is fair to everyone in our state, and sometimes it's a reaction to pull business out of the state or to roll back plans to expand business to Louisiana. Frankly, we can't have anything hurting our reputation," Wray said.
Wray said that Louisiana has regained over 4,600 jobs to reach pre-pandemic levels. Tourism generates $1.3 billion worth of revenue for the state, but deaths can be a threat to Louisiana's economy.
“If we don’t project a better image to the rest of the country and the rest of the world, it makes it harder to continue those gains we’ve recently seen," Wray said.
The coroner's office is expected to release the results of a preliminary autopsy Tuesday.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
New Baton Rouge casino almost complete, 100 job openings need to be...
Sarasota Drive bridge reopened after nearly a year of construction
Board approves increased 911 fees for EBR; new rates take effect as...
Pointe Coupee arrests 2 juvenile drive-by suspects. Between them, they're wearing 5...
Car soars through the air after hitting tow truck ramp on Georgia...
LSU, Tulane to meet in first round of Baton Rouge Regional as...
LSU president reminisces during team trip to DC
Southern baseball sweeps Arkansas-Pine Bluff to finish out regular season
A candid conversation with Kim Mulkey - Watch the half-hour special on...
Channel 2's Best Bet$: NBA Playoffs