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|REPORT: Authorities search for person of interest in Tensas Parish homicide|
Upated: Thursday, March 8 @10:46 p.m.
ALERT: Suspect said to be "armed and dangerous"
KTVE reported Thursday night that Louisiana State Police were perusing a person of interest in the latest Hwy 4 Bar homicide investigation.
The report stated that Tensas and Franklin Parish Sheriff's Deputies are searching for Joshua Lee Temple.
Temple is described as a 29-year-old white male from Winnsboro, 6-feet-tall, with blue eyes and possibly a shaved head with facial hair.
Colby Joe Fortenberry was found dead at the rural bar on Saturday -- the third murder to occur on the premises in less than two years.
The report stated Temple was being pursued by FPSO in Winnsboro and was last seen on foot in a wooded area near the Winnsboro Wal-Mart.
State Police warn Temple is armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should contact Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 435-4505.
March, 5 @ 10 a.m.
Authorities investigate another Hwu 4 Bar homicide
In what has become a common place for tragic events, it appears the Hwy 4 Bar was the site of yet another chilling murder over the weekend.
The Louisiana State Police are assisting the Tensas Parish Sheriff's Department in an ongoing investigation of an incident that occurred Saturday which claimed the life of 22-year-old Colby Joe Fortenberry of Winnsboro.
This alleged crime would make the third murder to occur at the troubled bar near the Franklin and Tensas Parish border in less than two years.
According to State Police, Fortenberry was found murdered over the weekend at the Hwy 4 Bar – where he was employed as a bartender.
State Police have not given the exact times and details yet, citing doing so may compromise the ongoing investigation. State Police public affairs officer Lt. Julie Lewis said Monday there are still no suspects.
Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to call the Tensas Parish Sheriff's Office at 766-3961. A cash reward has been made available for any information leading to an arrest.
Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said that although his department is not directly involved in the investigation, FPSO is working to assist the investigating agencies anyway they can.
"The victim of this terrible crime is from our parish and it's tragic," Cobb said. "Even if someone has some information that didn't necessarily happen in this parish, they shouldn't think twice about calling us. I can assure you the information will be passed down accordingly to the proper authorities."
A candlelight service for Fortenberry will be held on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m., at Civitan Park in Winnsboro, or commonly referred to as the "walking trail". Everyone is asked to bring a candle for the ceremony. Winnsboro officials will honor Fortenberry with a siren salute at 7:30 p.m. The victim's family members will receive visitors at Youngs Community Memorial Funeral Home in Winnsboro from 5 to 9 p.m.
The alleged murder of Fortenberry unfortunately would be just the latest of a string of horrific incidents to occur at the rural Tensas Parish bar.
On April 8 of last year, the body of Jody Ezell, 50, of Gilbert, was found outside the bar. Franklin Parish investigators and Tensas deputies began a joint investigation, along with assistance from the State Police.
The investigation resulted in the arrest of Latisha R. Rashall, 42, from Newellton. Rashall was then booked at the Tensas Detention Center and charged with the second-degree murder of Ezell.
Less than a year before that, Winnsboro resident Josh Hitt, 24, was arrested July 21, 2010, and charged with the armed robbery and first-degree murder of Carl R. Crain, also a bartender at the bar.
Authorities stated around 11 p.m. July 18, 2010, Crain, 47, of Winnsboro, was robbed and then shot and killed as he was closing the bar – which is also a video poker venue.
UPDATED: 3.6.2012 @ 8:00 a.m.