HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Tangipahoa Parish sheriff's deputies have cleared a 14-year-old murder case.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards said Monday that 32-year-old Ronnie Saulsberry, of Tickfaw, was booked last Wednesday with the second-degree murder of 20-year-old Wayne Thompson.
Authorities say Thompson was reported missing by his father on June 9, 1998.
Thompson was at a dice game at a Tickfaw home in April that year. Authorities say Thompson allegedly robbed several people after the game so he could buy illegal drugs. The very next night, Thompson's alleged victims threatened to kill him in retaliation for the robbery.
Rumors circulated that Thompson was in fact killed and his body disposed of in the area. In 2004, Thompson's remains were found in Robert. Eight years later, Edwards says detectives were able to connect Saulsberry to Thompson's death.