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October 25, 2021

John Paul Seals Charged with Murder and Arson

After an intensive investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, John Paul Seals, age 41 and a resident of Wisconsin Street in Holden, was arrested on Thursday (October 21, 2021). Seals is in the Washington Parish Jail charged with second degree murder, simple arson and obstruction of justice.

The murder investigation began October 11, 2021 when a Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant responded to a report of a burned vehicle on Monroe Creek Road. The officer discovered a severely burned and unidentifiable body adjacent to the burned vehicle and summoned detectives who assumed control of the investigation. The victim’s body was transported to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for an autopsy. As the investigation continues, it is anticipated that identification of the victim, as well as motive for the crime, will be forthcoming.

The investigation carried detectives throughout Washington Parish and into neighboring Marion and Walthall Counties in Mississippi. Seals was identified early on as a suspect and detectives were able to gather sufficient evidence to formally charge him with the crime.

Seals is no stranger to the Washington Parish Jail, having been arrested in Washington Parish numerous times beginning that have included arrests for aggravated assaults, simple battery, false imprisonment, domestic violence battery, unauthorized entry into a place of business, aggravated battery, multiple counts of failure to appear, theft of a firearm,  probation violation, distribution of illegal drugs, simple battery, obstruction of justice, disturbing the peace, home invasion, criminal damage to property, and on a fugitive warrant from East Baton Rouge Parish.

“I offer my sincere appreciation to our detectives for their thorough investigation of this heinous crime,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I’m also grateful to the office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal and both the Marion County and Walthall County officers who provided assistance.”

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