Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives are actively investigating a home invasion homicide near Campti.

On Tuesday evening, March 14, 2023 at approximately 11:06pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Operations Bureau responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of an unresponsive male lying on the floor of his residence north of Campti, La.

Deputies arrived on scene at approximately 11:12pm.

While on scene, deputies made contact with a relative that stated he went to the residence to check on his uncle. Soon afterwards, he observed the front door breached and observed his Uncle lying on the floor unresponsive.

Deputies entered residence discovering a deceased male lying on the floor identified as 71-year-old Mark L. Hailey, of Campti, La.

Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office were summoned and responded to the scene.

Deputies say while speaking with the relative they learned Mr. Hailey’s 2015 Ford F-350 pickup truck, maroon in color was missing from the residence. Authorities have issued a BOLO for the vehicle.

The Natchitoches Parish Asst. Coroner pronounced Hailey dead at the scene from apparent blunt and sharp force trauma.

The body has been transported to a Shreveport Forensic Pathologist Office for an autopsy to determine the matter and cause of death.

The case is being investigated as a homicide.

Detectives brought in special lighting equipment to assist them while they photographed, and processed the crime scene throughout the night.

On Thursday morning, March 15, shortly after 7:30am, NATCOM 911 Center received a call of a suspicious vehicle being abandoned on Tauzin Island Road in the Grand Ecore area near Natchitoches.

Deputies responded and discovered the abandoned vehicle to be the victim’s 2015 Ford F-350 truck. NPSO Detectives requested assistance from the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

Detectives along with 3 Red River Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Technicians processed the vehicle for evidence. The vehicle has been towed and secured at an undisclosed storage facility for further processing.

A team of detectives worked throughout the day interviewing family and friends of Mr. Hailey in an effort to gather additional facts or other information to assist in the investigation.

Detectives learned Mr. Hailey was the owner of Fat Daddy’s Crawfish in Shreveport and at one time owned Fat Daddy’s Crawfish on Texas Street in Natchitoches.


If you have any information, please contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 318-357-7830 or you can also report a tip anonymously by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smart phone or by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,500 for the arrest of an offender.

Crime Stoppers is a private non-profit organization it is not a law enforcement agency.

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