NEW IBERIA, La. (KLFY) — A suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of Youngsville teenager Javion Batiste, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshals Office arrested Jody W. Vital, 19, of Broussard in the murder of Javion Batiste.

Jody Vital was arrested on the following charges:

  • second degree murder
  • false imprisonment
  • aggravated assault

Jody Vital was also arrested on warrants from the Broussard City Police Department and the New Iberia Police Department, according to Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Batiste’s body was found July 21 in a sugar cane field in New Iberia after having been reported missing a week before.

Vital was booked into the Iberia Parish Jail and bond has been set at $3,000,000.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.