Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives and Campti Police are investigating a homicide in the Town of Campti. NPSO deputies responded Sept. 1 at approximately 10:17 a.m. to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a death in the 100 block of Lake Street in Campti. The caller, reportedly a landlord, reported they discovered a tenant deceased inside a rental travel trailer. Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and Natchitoches Parish Deputy Asst. Coroner Steven Clanton also responded.
They discovered a deceased, identified as Rickey Lane Caskey, 56, lying on the floor with what appeared to be an apparent single-gunshot wound to the body. Caskey was pronounced dead on the scene. Detectives began collecting evidence. The crime scene was taped off for several hours while the scene was processed.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright and District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington responded. Detectives are looking into the possibility that the death may be the result of a shots fired call made to NATCOM 911 Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 11:29 p.m. in the Lake Street, Marshall Street and Pasture Road areas of Campti.
Deputies responded to the shots fired calls but were unable to locate any suspicious activity at that time. Detectives say while processing the crime scene, they discovered a bullet hole in the side of the trailer that penetrated the wall and traveled through the interior of the small travel trailer striking Caskey while he was believed to be in a standing position. The body is being sent for an autopsy. On Wednesday, detectives worked throughout the day interviewing potential witnesses and asking the public for assistance.
“Our investigators are working tirelessly in an effort to arrest the individual or individuals involved in the murder of Mr. Caskey,” Sheriff Wright said. “We extend our condolences to the Caskey family and friends.”
Anyone with information should contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 357-7830, Natchitoches CrimeStoppers at 318-238-2388 or Case Agents Detective Sgt. Craig LaCour, Detective Sgt. Derrick Sowell, Detective Captain Darrel Winder or Major Reginald Turner.