KROTZ SPRINGS, La. (KLFY) – A man in jail for the February 2016 murder of a Eunice man has confessed to a 2011 cold case murder in St. Landry Parish, according to Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.
Authorities at the LaSalle Correctional Center notified deputies that inmate Philip Lafleur, 23, of Eunice, wanted to talk with detectives about the disappearance of Dale Lafleur.
“He slipped a note to one of the jailers there saying that he wanted to talk to St. Landry Parish officials about a murder he committed here in 2011,” said Sheriff Guidroz.
Deputies traveled to the jail where Philip Lafleur gave a full confession on video to killing Dale Lafleur, his great-uncle.
Lafleur said he wanted money from his relative but Dale Lafleur was delaying giving him the money.
After killing Dale Lafleur, Philip Lafleur confessed to driving Dale’s car into the Atchafalaya River across from Krotz Springs with Dale’s body buckled into the passenger seat.
“He took us to this location where he said he killed his great-uncle, buckled him in a seat belt and pushed his body into the river,” said Sheriff Guidroz.
Guidroz said the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office is now searching the Atchafalaya River to locate the missing body and vehicle.
“There’s something here beneath the silt, maybe 3,4,6 foot of silt that we’re going to have to penetrate to see exactly what that is,” said Sheriff Guidroz, “and we’re hoping that it’s the vehicle and we’re hoping we can find some remains to be able to pull the vehicle out of the water.”
Philip Lafleur confessed in February 2016 to the murder of Akeem Ceasar, 22, of Eunice, who had been missing since December 24, 2015.
Candice Vidrine, 22, also of Eunice, was indicted for accessory after the fact to the second-degree murder of Ceasar.
Philip Lafleur and Candice Vidrine were arrested in San Angelo, Texas on February 14, 2016, where authorities say the fled to after Caesar’s murder.
They were then extradited to St. Landry Parish.
Ceasar was found shot to death in a wooded area of Eunice on February 1, 2016.