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Baton Rouge police arrest man wanted for questioning in death of Georgia man found in rolled-up rug

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police arrested a man wanted for questioning in the death of Nathan Millard, who was found dead in a rolled-up rug more than a week after he disappeared while on a business trip.

Nathan Millard.
Nathan Millard.via Texas Equsearch

Derrick Perkins, 45, was arrested Monday night and taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. He has been charged with violating his probation, criminal damage to property, access device fraud and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Perkins was also wanted by police investigating Millard’s death.

Police documents say Perkins allegedly used Millard’s debit card at two locations, Baton Rouge’s NBC affiliate WVLA reported. Investigators said there is a security video that appears to show Perkins using the card.

Officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Millard, 42, of Covington, Georgia, disappeared after leaving a Baton Rouge pub on February 23. His body was found on the Vishwavidyalaya Highway on March 6. Sgt. L’Jean McKneely told WVLA that his body was wrapped in plastic and rolled up in a rug.

Baton Rouge Capt. Kevin Hines told reporters at a news conference last week that police did not believe foul play was involved.

Police and Texas Equisearch, a missing-person aid organization, said Millard went to a Louisiana State University basketball game and then left Happy’s Irish Pub with a client around 11:30 p.m. Greyhound Station, where a security guard offered to call an Uber or contact the police.

Hines said that Millard “did not appear to be in distress,” and the security guard “thought he was out of place.” Millard declined assistance and left on his own, Hines said at a news conference last week.

Millard was last seen on security video on February 23 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Hines did not say whether Millard was with anyone or where he was last seen, but told reporters that investigators do not believe Millard died at the location where he died. The body was found.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office said there was no evidence of internal or external trauma. A spokesman said on Wednesday that the cause and manner of death would be revealed after the post-mortem is completed.



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