Tifton Gazette


December 19, 2013

La. man arrested in Tifton; to be questioned in wife’s death


A Louisiana man who’s allegedly a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance was arrested Tuesday in Omega based on a Louisiana warrant for obstruction of justice.

According to an incident report filed at the Omega Police Department, Omega Police Chief Eric Windmoller reported Tuesday afternoon that during a routine patrol, they received a call from a detective from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana.

He said they were informed that the department had warrants on Arthur Eugene Tillett, 59, of Opelousas, La. and that he was tracked using a cell phone to the area of Spinks Street and Spinks Drive. Windmoller said he and Sgt. Bart Walker located the offender at Meadow Crossing Apartments. Tillett was arrested without incident. 

The vehicle he had been using was towed by a local wrecker service.

According to an article by The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., Tillett is a person of interest in the disappearance of Sandra Tillett, 64, who was reported missing by her out-of-state daughter, Capt. Megan Vizena said.

Furthermore, the article states that Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said in a news release that Sandra was last seen in July at the couple’s residence at 499 Carrington Place, Opelousas. Tillett became a person of interest to St. Landry authorities when statements he made Saturday to detectives turned out to be false. Detectives returning to question him Sunday found the residence empty and Tillett nowhere to be found, Vizena said.

Anyone with information on where Sandra might be can call the St. Landry Sheriff’s Office at 337-948-6516 or Crime Stoppers at 337-948-TIPS.


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