Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright announced Kendrick Cox, wanted in connection with the January murder of Joshua Humphries of LaSalle Parish, was captured Friday, Aug. 5 in Lake Charles.
Cox, 30, of Natchitoches was captured between 4-5 p.m., by Lake Charles PD, their SWAT Unit and other agencies following a surveillance operation of a Lake Charles apartment complex.
Detectives say Cox was captured after an unidentified male picked him up in a vehicle at the apartment complex. As law enforcement attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Cox fled from the vehicle. He was taken into custody a short distance away.
Details of the Lake Charles investigation will be released by their agency.
Cox was transported to Lake Charles PD for processing and was booked into jail with a hold from Natchitoches Parish for First-Degree Murder.
Cox had been the subject of a six-month manhunt by multiple law enforcement agencies.
On Jan. 13, 2022, Joshua Lee Humphries, 35, of Trout was reported missing by family to the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Humphries’ vehicle was found abandoned in Natchitoches by Natchitoches PD just prior to him being reported missing.
He was known to frequent the Alexandria and possibly the Natchitoches areas.
LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office, news media and multiple social media posts were circulated requesting assistance in hopes of locating Humphries.
LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Detectives, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Police (NPD), Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office (NPSO) and other agencies began to investigate.
As the investigation continued, NPSO detectives and NPD received information of a body in an oxidation pond at the rear of Payne subdivision, Natchitoches.
On Feb. 2, NPSO detectives with boats and special lighting equipment went to the pond at approximately 8:30 p.m. and recovered the body of an unidentified male.
Detectives said the body had been in the water for several days.
The Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office and a LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s detectives also responded.
The body was sent for an autopsy in Shreveport for positive identification and the manner and cause of death.
The body was positively identified as Humphries, 35, of Trout, by a Shreveport Forensic Pathologist.
The case was ruled a homicide, however, detectives are still not releasing the cause of death due to the sensitivity of the investigation. That information will be released in criminal proceedings.
The investigation continued, leading to the arrest of James E. Morrow Jr., 30, of Natchitoches who has been indicted by a Natchitoches Grand Jury for Second-Degree Murder.
NPSO detectives also secured criminal warrants signed by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge for the arrest of Cox.
Cox will be returned to Natchitoches Parish to face First-Degree Murder charges, pending other charges in Calcasieu Parish.
Detectives say the investigation is continuing and they continue to work with Lake Charles Police. They are analyzing evidence in an attempt to identify and arrest anyone who may have assisted Cox during his six-month run from justice.
Sheriff Wright said, “We continue to extend our condolences to the Humphries family and hope that the arrests of Cox and Morrow will bring them closer to justice in the months to come.”
Cox was armed at the time of his capture.
Anyone with information pertaining to this case should contact Detective Sgt. Jared Kilpatrick at 318-357-7830 or Lake Charles PD Case Agent Detective William Loving.
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