LSP: Body of missing Ville Platte woman found between Sunset and Opelousas


OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) — Officials with Louisiana State Police confirm they have found the body of a deaf and mute Ville Platte woman in a wooded area off Interstate 49 between Sunset and Opelousas.

Joyce Thomas, who is both deaf and mute, has been missing since Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Joyce Thomas (Submitted photo)

Police have been searching the area since Friday afternoon shortly after the arrest of Philip Dewoody, 53. Dewoody is already in jail on aggravated kidnapping charges. No word yet on any murder charges being filed.

Thomas’ body was discovered by Grand Coteau Asst. Police Chief Michael Buck, a skilled hunter who helped search by four-wheeler while off-duty.

The wooded area in which Thomas was found is thought to be on or near Dewoody’s home property.

Police confirm they were led to the area where Thomas’ body was found by an Opelousas woman who had been kidnapped and assaulted by Dewoody on Feb. 22.

At 2 p.m., State Police gave us an update. You can watch that by clicking the below link.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz reports that Dewoody was taken to Evangeline Parish for court proceedings and then was taken to Hunts Correctional Center.

This is a developing story. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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