UPDATE (10/23/2020): Investigators with the Lafayette Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in reference to a homicide where a body was discovered in a coulee on Hillside Circle. Police are asking homeowners and business owners that have video cameras that capture any part of the coulee beginning at the North University Avenue coulee to the trash trap on Hillside Circle to please review their video surveillance cameras or contact police. Investigators are asking for video beginning on September 14 to October 2.
Hopefully, the attached map will assist homeowners and business owners in the area. Other coulees that are connected to the Hillside coulee that are of concern to investigators are St. John Coulee Ext., Coulee Mine Branch, St. John Coulee, Lee Ave. Coulee, St. John Coulee “A”, and Brookhaven Coulee.
If anyone has any information or can offer any assistance, you are urged to contact the Detective Andrea Pattison at 337-291-7281 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.
UPDATE: Due to their ongoing investigation, Lafayette Police Department detectives are now investigating this incident as a homicide.
The individual that was located in the coulee on Oct. 2 by LCG work crews has been identified as Mr. Kao Wokoma, 36, of Lafayette, according to Sgt. Wayne Griffin of the Lafayette Police Department.
According to Sgt. Wayne Griffin, Officers with the Lafayette Police Department responded to a suspicious circumstance on Hillside Circle. on October 2, 2020 at approximately 1:00 pm. A work crew with LCG was cleaning a nearby coulee, and located a deceased male. The victim is unable to be identified at this time. The death is being treated as suspicious. This investigation is ongoing.