St. John detectives recovered the body of a missing Garyville teenager deep in the woods buried in a shallow grave.
“He has been missing since march 24, 2013,” Sheriff Mike Tregre told media at a press conference Friday.
Tregre says 17-year-old Mikivon Anderson’s body was found buried two feet beneath the ground in a vast wooded area in Mount Airy, “A very rugged terrain. A lot of grass and trees and woods.”
A cross made of twigs and burnt out tea lights mark the two foot deep hole where Anderson’s body was discovered Wednesday, “You wouldn’t have found it. Unless somebody came forward and knew and had specific information and details that his body was right there.”
Two suspects, also cousins, are in custody.
Tregre says both are being held on a $1.6 million bond, “Brandon Braxton, 18 years old of Mount Airy Louisiana. Second suspect Nathis Burl also 18 and also of Mount Airy, Louisiana.”
The sheriff’s office says a community tip led deputies to Braxton who in turn led them to where Anderson was buried, “He brought us to almost the exact location. The cadaver dog then alerted us on that site.”
An autopsy confirms Anderson was shot, “We cannot get into exactly how many times he was shot or where he was shot on his body.”
Tregre says information from the public stepping forward helped solve this case, “thanks to the community for the tips we received.”
Since this case is still active and ongoing the sheriff’s office says they won’t comment on motive.
They expect at least one more arrest.