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Posted: Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:04PM

Kenner police now investigating 2012 murder and dismemberment



The Kenner Police department is now trying to figure out who killed and cut apart a 22-year-old Bourbon Street dancer. 

The announcement came today that Kenner is taking over from Mississippi authorities.

"Hancock County felt as if they had taken their investigation as far as they could," Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway said. "They didn't have the resources to go any further."

He says solving this case will be challenging.

"This isn't going to be an easy investigation," Caraway noted.

He says it crosses many jurisdictions because the last place Jaren Lockhart was seen alive was leaving a New Orleans strip club in 2012, the people she was with went to Kenner after that and the body was found in several locations.

"The torso of the victim washed ashore in Bay St. Louis, then a couple of days later the legs and the head were washed ashore elsewhere in Mississippi," the chief noted.

Despite all of the difficulties this probe presents, he says his department has to do what it can.

"No one deserves to have their life ended like this, and you certainly don't want to just see a case dropped like that," Caraway insisted.

He says they will work to with Mississippi authorities, the FBI, the NOPD, JPSO and anyone else to solve the case.

As for leads, he was short on specifics and waiting for more information, but did say they are looking at Terry Speaks and Margaret Sanchez.

They were arrested on unrelated charges and were questioned about Lockhart's disappearance after video showed them leaving the strip club with the victim. 

"They are suspects," Caraway stated.

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Locations : Hancock CountyMississippiNew OrleansSt. Louis
People : Margaret SanchezSteve Caraway
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