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May 30, 2018

Three Charged With Murder of Pearl River Man

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reported today (May 30, 2018) that three Tangipahoa Parish residents have been charged connection with the death of Pearl River resident Bowen Dewey Soulier (43), whose body was found in a wooded area near Tickfaw on Tuesday (May 29, 2018). Those arrested were: Cody Powell (25) of Loranger on the charges of first degree murder, armed robbery by use of a firearm, and obstruction of justice; Kayla Rodrigue (27) of Ponchatoula on the charges obstruction of justice, principle to armed robbery, and principle to first degree murder; Darwin Dugger (19) of Amite on the charges of first degree murder, obstruction of justice, and armed robbery.
Soulier was reported missing Tuesday by family members and that he had not been seen since Friay, May 25, 2018.  Detectives learned that Soulier planned to meet Rodrigue in Tickfaw but that the suspects planned to rob him.
During the attempt to rob Soulier, a brief struggle ensued and Soulier was shot and killed by one of the  male subjects. The perpetrators then loaded Soulier’s body into his vehicle, dumped the body on the side of the road near the corner of Oller and North Oller Roads. They then drove the victim’s green Ford F-150 to the parish line in Uneedus where they set the vehicle on fire.
This investigation is still on-going. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this homicide to please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-902-2088. Detectives Stephen Jenkins and Heath Martin are the lead investigators on this case.

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