Louisiana police said a convicted rapist released from prison just months ago has been accused of killing a retired pastor and a church volunteer and burning their bodies “beyond recognition” before dumping them in downtown Covington, a New Orleans suburb.
The victims have been identified as a 71-year-old Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Fr. Otis Young, and 73-year-old parish assistant Ruth Prats, according to Catholic News Service, which quoted police as saying their bodies were found “burned beyond recognition” behind a glass store less than a mile away from the church this week.
Hours after the bodies were found, police announced the arrest of 49-year-old Antonio Donde Tyson of Covington, WBRZ2 reported.
Dodson was driving a car belonging to Prats early Monday and was reportedly involved in a hit and run, WBRZ2 said, adding that detectives found Prats’ phone in a dumpster. The detectives were then able to find out what happened as they accessed surveillance video from the area.Bodies of priest, church volunteer burned beyond recognition | U.S. News