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Investigators working to solve gruesome crime

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With four body parts discovered Saturday on the beach and a torso on Thursday, a pathologist has confirmed the victim is Jaren Lockhart of New Orleans. Now that police know her identity, the focus of the investigation has switched to finding her killer. With four body parts discovered Saturday on the beach and a torso on Thursday, a pathologist has confirmed the victim is Jaren Lockhart of New Orleans. Now that police know her identity, the focus of the investigation has switched to finding her killer.
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With four body parts discovered Saturday on the beach and a torso on Thursday, a pathologist has confirmed the victim is 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart of New Orleans.

Now that police know her identity, the focus of the investigation has switched to finding the perpetrator who committed this heinous crime.

Lead Investigator Glenn Grannan said, "We spent an extensive time in New Orleans last night, we interviewed at least two dozen people."

Grannan confirms no one has been arrested yet for Lockhart's murder, but he said investigators have made strides.

"We have some information about who she may have been with last, but none of it is confirmed so we have a lot, a lot of work to do," Grannan said.

Lockhart was reported missing by her boyfriend who told police the last time he saw her, she was getting into a cab to go to work Tuesday evening.

Police have now gathered evidence that shows she did in fact make it to her job at a strip club on Bourbon Street.

Chief Deputy Don Bass said, "They have some videos showing that she did leave the club at a certain time, they have to go over that and sort it out."

Grannan said, "We are working the case as if it happened in Hancock County until we can prove otherwise, because with these remains at these locations it could be anywhere really at this point."

Lockhart's torso washed ashore in Bay St. Louis Thursday and Saturday parts of her legs were found on the beach in Pass Christian. Her head and some of the clothes she was seen wearing out of the club early Wednesday morning were found in Long Beach.

"We will solicit the help of some professionals and try and study what the tide movements and wind movements may have had on these materials," Grannan said.

That is just one of the many questions left for investigators to figure out before they can crack the case.

"We gathered a lot of information last night and we feel confident in our skills. We believe we will find resolution," Grannan said.

Investigators have also learned Lockhart leaves behind a young child.

If you have any information about this gruesome crime you are asked to call the Hancock County Sheriff's Department immediately at 228-466-6910.

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