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February 21, 2021

Kentwood Couple Murdered – Suspect Arrested

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reported today that on Friday (February 19, 2021), Kentwood resident Kevin Buckley (34) was taken into custody and charged with two counts of First Degree Murder.

A Kentwood couple, Iva Jane Travis (54) and Lewis “Payton” Travis (55), were reported missing on February 18, 2021 around 2:15 PM. They had not been seen or heard from since Valentine’s day, February 14, 2021.

While gathering information and interviewing family members and friends, detectives made contact with Kevin Buckley.  Buckley lived with the couple at their Hwy. 440 residence and worked with Payton for many years.  While speaking to Buckley regarding the couple’s whereabouts, he reportedly confessed to killing both victims and told detectives the location of their bodies.  

The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab has been processing the crime scene and collecting all physical evidence related to the case.  This investigation is ongoing, therefore, additional details will be released as they become available.

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