Two men found dead in Boutte ditches in 4 days; one was a victim of foul play, authorities say – NOLA.com

St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office
St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office
St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives investigating the deaths of two men whose bodies were found in Boutte say one man was stabbed to death, while the other died of a medical emergency that may have been worsened by illegal drugs.
Authorities do not think the deaths of Ellington Lockett, 31, of Boutte, and Leroy Houston Jr., 52, of Avondale are connected.
Lockett was the first to be discovered. His body was recovered just after 3:30 p.m. Friday in a canal near homes in the 100 block of Spruce Street, the Sheriff’s Office said. 
An autopsy Monday determined Lockett had been fatally stabbed.
The Sheriff’s Office did not say how long they suspect Lockett’s body had been in the canal before he was found. But he was last seen on Dec. 14.
Lockett was seen riding a bicycle on Magnolia Avenue toward U.S. 90 around 7 a.m. He was spotted again about 9 p.m., possibly headed toward South Kinler Street, to retrieve his bicycle, the Sheriff’s Office said. Lockett had been wearing a black jacket, black pants and brown shoes.
No one has been arrested in connection with Lockett’s killing.
On Monday afternoon, Houston’s body was found in a ditch along the railroad tracks north of the 13400 block of U.S. 90, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was wearing only a white shirt, dark-colored shorts and no shoes.
Houston’s body had no obvious signs of trauma, authorities said. An autopsy determined that Houston suffered from moderate coronary artery disease and emphysema which was likely exacerbated by illegal narcotics in his system, the Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives don’t suspect any foul play in Houston’s death, authorities said.
Anyone with information about Leroy Houston is asked to call Detective Jenni Barrette with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-783-6807 or 985-783-1135.
Anyone with information about the stabbing death of Ellington Lockett is asked to call Detective Sgt. Thomas Plaisance at 985-783-6807. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111 or 877-903-STOP. Callers do not have to give their name or testify to be eligible for the up to $2,500 reward.
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