A pair of alleged armed robbers has confessed to killing a man whose corpse was found last year in the elevator shaft of an abandoned building in Central City, New Orleans police said.
Victoria Norwood, 23, and Kenneth Harvey, 30, told investigators they killed Jessie Taylor IV and threw his body in an elevator shaft, said Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman. Detective Debra Normand received a Crimestoppers tip tying the pair to the killing, Robertson said.
The pair previously had been arrested in connection with a November armed robbery at the intersection of Canal and North Johnson streets. They were re-booked Tuesday with second-degree murder in Taylor’s death.
Taylor’s father reported him missing in September 2013, saying he had not seen his son in more than a month. An elevator repairman working at an apartment building at 2616 S. Claiborne Ave. found the man’s remains the morning of April 24, 2014. The building had been heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina and unoccupied since the storm.
Testing by the LSU FACES — or Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services — Laboratory determined Taylor had suffered from “trauma to the body,” Robertson said.
Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, the parish coroner, classified Taylor’s death as a homicide. He determined Taylor had been dead for several months by the time the remains were recovered.