HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County Sheriff's deputies have worked countless hours on the brutal murder investigation of Jaren Lockhart ever since her body washed ashore in June of 2012.
"It's not about how much this department or this sheriff's department or Kenner gets all the credit," Hancock County Sheriff Rick Adam said. "It's not all about that. It's about bringing justice and closure, justice for Jaren and justice for her family."
Investigators were forced to turn over the case to the Kenner Police Department because Mississippi statute does not allow the department to assume jurisdiction if the crime happened in Louisiana.
"We went through all the right avenues to establish that one way or the other," Lead Investigator Glenn Grannan said. "We wanted the case, but we couldn't take it."
Grannan said his team worked the case until they had enough evidence to convince the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office to take the case.
Although more details have been announced since handing over the case, Grannan said the new information is not new to his investigators.
"Most of the things you heard, where the body parts were, the tattoos, that's stuff we intentionally kept from the media, so we knew when someone came forward they were accurate," Grannan said. "Whether they were actually getting information from the source, from Speaks or Sanchez and not just reading it in the news."
"At the end of the trial it will come out who did what, and I can tell you I'm extremely proud of our men and women in Hancock County," Adam said. "Our citizens of this county should be extremely proud of them too. I'll compare them or put them up against any agency in this country."
When Hancock County investigators turned over the case to Kenner police, it was agreed they could still assist with the investigation. Hancock County authorities say they have been kept in the dark about the arrest and any new developments.