Search for man cops say killed elderly woman, setting her chair on fire

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 26, 2018 - 10:40 pm

Police are asking for help finding a man they say murdered an elderly woman by setting the chair she was in on fire.

"The NOPD is assisting the Louisiana State Fire Marshal and the NOFD with an investigation of a Seventh District arson fire that resulted in a death," according to a news release.

Detectives have identified a suspect in the killing.

"Erik J. Beasley (B/M DOB: 2/8/1979) has been identified as the perpetrator of a homicide... Beasley is wanted for second degree murder and aggravated arson."

The deadly blaze happened Friday in the 4700 block of Corinne Street just after 10:30pm. 

"After the fire was extinguished, the body of an elderly female was discovered inside the location."

The New Orleans Fire Department said the victim was burned over 90 percent of her body.

Her body was next to a chair which was almost completely burned. 

"The victim was visibly deceased upon NOFD arrival and the damage was contained to the chair and the victim."

NOPD released the following information about the suspect:

  • Beasley stands approximately six feet one inch tall and weighs over 250 pounds.He has a fleur de lis tattoo under his left eye and several gold teeth. His hair is currently shorter than depicted in this photograph.
  • Beasley may be frequenting areas which homeless people congregate.
  • Anyone with information on this incident or the whereabouts of Erik J. Beasley is asked to contact NOPD Homicide Detective Jake Engle at (504)-658-5300 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 and toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.

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