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JPSO: Area realtor killed, body dumped in New Orleans after trying to sell bike on Facebook

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The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office announced that an area realtor is dead after being shot in Jefferson Parish over the weekend.

Posted: Mar 8, 2021 12:20 PM

WDSU- JEFFERSON PARISH, La. —The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office announced that an area realtor is dead after being shot in Jefferson Parish over the weekend.

According to JPSO, the body of Joseph Vindel was dumped in the Garden District of New Orleans after he went missing trying to sell a bike on Facebook.

Between 10 a.m. and noon Sunday, JPSO said Vindel met with Jalen Harvey, 20, at an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Manhattan Boulevard to sell a dirt bike.

During the course of the transaction, the suspect shot and killed the victim.

JPSO said Harvey then drove Vindel's vehicle to the 2300 block of Coliseum Street in New Orleans and abandoned it. Vindel's remains were still inside the vehicle, according to JPSO.

Sunday night, JPSO was contacted by the victim’s family and became involved in the investigation.

Investigators were able to determine Vindel's last known location, and located the victim’s dirt bike at an apartment.

Detectives found Harvey at his apartment and during questioning, Harvey admitted to shooting the victim and taking the vehicle to New Orleans, according to JPSO.

JPSO said detectives are currently seeking an arrest warrant for Harvey for first-degree murder.

JPSO said the gun in the incident was recovered.

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