UPDATE: Fifth arrest made in connection to 2018 disappearance of Donald Atkins

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UPDATE: WEST MONROE, LA. (08/01/2020 7:20pm)– A fifth person has been charged in the 2018 disappearance of Donald Atkins.

According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Barrett has been charged with Second Degree Murder.

This is an ongoing story and we will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.


UPDATE: OUACHITA PARISH, La. (07/30/2020) — KTVE/KARD has obtained court records that detail Lenzi Phillip’s involvement in the 2018 disappearance of Donald Atkins and sheds more light on the case.

Lenzi Phillips

According to court documents, Lenzi Phillips was allegedly at the home on September 2, 2018, the night of Donald Atkins’s disappearance. Phillips told investigators that she was in the home with Thomas Davis, Joseph Hendricks, Daniel Barrett, Paige Williams, and the victim.

Phillips stated that she and Paige were asked to go to a separate room and while in the other room, she heard at least 2 gunshots in the room that Atkins, Barrett, Hendricks, and the victim were in. Shortly after, she claims that she saw Barrett and at least one other person carrying the victim’s body from the room and out of the back door of the home.

Phillips continued, stating that she and Barrett then left the home. After they had left, Phillips says that Barrett received a phone call from Davis. During that call, Davis allegedly asked Barrett to come back to the home and help Davis “get rid of something”.

Phillips told investigators that the next day Barrett returned and told her that he had to go bury Atkins’s body. She also stated that Barrett told her where the body was buried.

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Daniel Barrett

Phillips was arrested and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. She has been charged with one count of Accessory After the Fact of Second-Degree Murder.

At this time, investigators are still searching for Daniel Barrett. He is facing charges of Second Degree Murder.

If you have any information on where Daniel Barrett is, contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 329-1200.

This is an ongoing story and we will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.


UPDATE: OUACHITA PARISH, La. (07/29/2020)– Donald Atkins was reported missing on September 14, 2018. His sister told the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office she hadn’t seen him since September 2nd.

Deputies later received a tip from the Crime Stoppers line that identified Thomas Davis, Joseph Hendricks, and Paige Williams as suspects. The tip also alleged Atkins was buried on a property on May Road in West Monroe.

In January 2019, officials searched that property. During the search, cadaver dogs gave alerts that human remains were present. However, high flood waters forced investigators to postpone their search. They picked the search back up in August of 2019, but no remains were found.

Officials received new tips stating Atkins’ body had been moved. These tips also led investigators to Lenzi Phillips.

Phillips told deputies Daniel Barrett was also there the night of the alleged incident.

The suspects have given varying accounts of what happened that night, but two suspects allege Atkins was purposely killed. Atkins’ body has not been recovered.

Deputies have charged three people with Second Degree Murder. They are: Thomas Davis, Joseph Hendricks, and Paige Williams. Lenzi Phillips has been charges with accessory after the fact.

Deputies are still looking for Daniel Barrett. He is also facing charges of Second Degree Murder.

If you have any information on where Daniel Barrett is, contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 329-1200.


UPDATE: OUACHITA PARISH, La. (7/29/2020) — One more person has been charged in the 2018 disappearance of Donald Atkins, and investigators are still searching for one more.

According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Linzi Phillips has been charged with Accessory After the Fact to Second-Degree Murder.

Investigators are still searching for Daniel Barrett for his role in the case. Barrett has warrants charging him with one count of Second Degree Murder.

Barrett lives in West Monroe but is known to hang out in the Prairie Road area of Monroe. If you have seen Barrett or know where he may be, please call the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.


UPDATE: OUACHITA PARISH, La. (7/28/2020) — Nearly two years after Donald R. Atkins went missing, investigators with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office have arrested three people in connection to his disappearance and are still searching for one more person believed to be connected.

According to OPSO, Atkins was last seen in September of 2018 in the Bawcomville area. On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, investigators announced the arrest of Joseph Hendricks, Thomas Davis, and Paige Williams. Each has been charged with one count of Second Degree Murder.

A warrant for a fourth suspect, whose identity is not being released at this time, has been issued for one count of Second Degree Murder.

The investigation is continuing.

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(9/17/18) Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators are currently searching for a missing Ouachita Parish resident.  Donald R. Atkins, age 35 of West Monroe has not been seen for approximately one week.

He is described as a White male, black hair with hazel eyes, 6’-2” tall and weighing 220 lbs.  He has a tattoo of two bulldogs fighting on his left pectoral and praying hands on his right back shoulder.  He also has a birthmark on his right cheek. He was last seen in the Bawcomville area. No further information is available at this time.

Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Donald Atkins is asked to contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.

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