A pair of armed robbers have 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, an NOPD 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 Canal and North Johnson streets. They were rebooked Tuesday on second-degree murder in Taylor’s death.
Taylor’s father reported him missing in September 2013. An elevator repairman working at an apartment building at 2616 S. Claiborne Ave. found the man’s remains on April 24, 2014. The building had been unoccupied since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Testing by the LSU FACES — or Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services — Laboratory determined Taylor had suffered from “trauma to the body,” Robertson said.
Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse classified Taylor’s death as a homicide. He said Taylor had been dead for several months by the time the remains were recovered.