UPDATE: Man arrested in connection with double homicide in Denham Springs


UPDATE: 5:35PM 11/3/2018

A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of Michael Collins in Scottsville, Kentucky.

According to investigators, Collins, 45, was arrested this afternoon in connection to a double murder that happened earlier this week in Denham Springs.

Patricia and Eugene Gurley were found dead in their family owned business on Wednesday. The cause of death was determined as blunt force trauma to the head.

Collins is currently being held in a Kentucky jail. Once he is brought back to Louisiana, he will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of simple burglary.

UPDATE: (5:00 p.m.)

Have you seen this man?

An arrest warrant has been issued for a person of interest in connection to this double homicide investigation. 

45-year-old Michael Collins is wanted on a Simple Burglary charge.

Investigators believe he is in possession of Eugene Gurley’s white 2016 Nissan Frontier pickup, bearing Louisiana license plate number YI93507.

We’re told Collins may be headed towards Macon County, TN. 

ORIGINAL STORY: (10/31/18)

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating a double homicide after two people were found dead in Denham Springs Tuesday evening.

According to the Denham Springs Police Department, officers were dispatched to the National Pool Supply located on 27459 La Hwy 16 for a welfare check on October 31, 2018.

Neighbors of 72-year-old Eugene Gurley and 70-year-old Patricia Gurley told officers they had not seen the couple since Monday afternoon.

Police and the Gurley’s son forced entry into the couple’s business Tuesday night where law enforcement officers discovered their bodies.

Police Chief J. Shannon Womack said the couple was well known in the community. In fact, he knew Mr. Gurley personally. Womack said Gurley was a retired teacher who spent years educating students at Denham Springs Junior High and Denham Springs High School.

“It saddens me deeply to have to stand before you and talk about what is certainly the most heinous and senseless crime I’ve encountered during my time with the Denham Springs Police Department,” Womack said.

Police have released few details about the suspect or his possible connection to this case. It’s also unclear when or how the victims died. Chief Womack said that information could become clear following an autopsy.

We are told the suspect, Collins, is still at large. Police believe he is en route to Macon County, Tennessee. 

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at the number 344-STOP.

This is a developing case. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

This story is developing.

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