Welfare check turns to death investigation

Stoney Bergeron (Photo Credit: SLPSO)
Stoney Bergeron (Photo Credit: SLPSO)

ARNAUDVILLE, La. (KLFY) What began as a welfare check on an Arnaudville resident is now being investigated as a homicide.

According to St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, on Tuesday September 7th, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office was called to 400 block of Koch Road in Arnaudville for a welfare concern check.

On arrival, detectives say they observed a strong odor and then located the homeowner, Clayborn Pinder, deceased sitting in a living room chair.

Guidroz said the residence appeared to have been broken into and the victim’s vehicle, a 2014 Volkswagen Passat was missing.

The following day, according to Guidroz, the sheriff’s office received notification that the vehicle had been stopped after having come into contact with law enforcement agencies in Louisiana and San Antonio,Texas.

The driver of the vehicle, both times, was identified as Stoney Drake Bergeron.

Guidroz said Bergeron’s family home is located on Koch Road near the victim’s residence.

Detectives listed Bergeron as a person of interest in the investigation and obtained a warrant for unauthorized use of Pinder’s vehicle.

“Bergeron and the vehicle were located at a rest area in New Mexico and he was he detained for St. Landry Parish authorities.”

Detectives are questioning Bergeron on the homicide and processing evidence obtained from the crime scene.”



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