Investigators track down phone records in Lockhart murder case

Jaren Lockhart
Jaren Lockhart

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It's been about six weeks since Jaren Lockhart's body parts washed ashore in Hancock and Harrison Counties. Now, Hancock County Sheriff's investigators hope phone records will reveal some clues into her gruesome murder. They are tracking down hundreds of phone numbers belonging to the Louisiana woman and the two suspects.

Investigators say leads are still coming in, but not as many as the weeks after Lockhart's dismembered body washed up in South Mississippi. One of those leads is phone records. They're focusing on several days before and after June 6, the day the New Orleans woman disappeared.

"To see if the last point that we can definitively say that Jaren was okay at this time until after her disappearance, to see if the phone has been turned off, if anybody else is using her phone, to see if we can find her phone," said Steve Saucier, the lead investigator with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators are also trying to figure out who the numbers belong to, the people's relationship to Lockhart, and whether they were phone calls or text messages. Their starting point is the last number Lockhart contacted from her phone.

"We have to start at one number and work our way down. We can't just throw all of these numbers into a big data base and out it pops out all this information," said Saucier.

Investigators are still waiting for results of DNA and physical evidence collected from a vehicle and the home of two people last seen with Lockhart before she vanished, Margaret Sanchez and Terry Speaks. The evidence is being processed at the FBI's forensics department in Quantico, Virginia.

"We're hoping to find the magical piece of evidence that's going to tie everything in together," said Saucier.

The lead investigator said he hopes to interview Sanchez and Speaks, but he said right now, they're not talking.

"It's been a long, long process and we've still got a long way to go on it," said Saucier. "I feel that it's progressing well. I do feel confident that there will be a resolution to it."

Sanchez and Speaks are suspects, but they have not been charged with Lockhart's murder.   They are being held in separate states on unrelated charges. If you have any information about the Lockhart case, contact the Hancock County Sheriff's Department at (228) 466-6900 or Crimestoppers.

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