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Work van of slain Harvey man discovered in Marrero

Posted on Jan 30, 2010 in Local Issues

By Michelle Krupa, The Times-Picayune January 30, 2010, 12:06PM Authorities have located the missing work van of a 53-year-old man who was found shot to death Friday afternoon at his Harvey home. The vehicle belonging to Donald Bates was found in the 1500 block of Jordan Street in Marrero, and its interior appeared to have been set on fire, said Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman. A Louisiana state trooper located the van, he said. Detectives had been searching for the van, which had "Handyman 24/7" written on one side and a cell phone number, "782-5844", on the other side. Louisiana secretary of state show that Handyman 24/7 LLC had been established at the victim's address in 2004. Bates, 53, of the 2200 block of Eastmere Drive was found by deputies who were responding to a 3:49 p.m. call of a residential burglary at his address in Harvey's Woodmere subdivision, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Bates was found in the rear of the house suffering from gunshot wounds, Sgt. Larry Dyess of the Sheriff's Office said. He died at the scene. Eastmere residents who gathered near the crime scene said the man's wife was returning home when she found signs that someone had been in the house and called 911. Detectives canvassed the neighborhood in the rain, knocking on doors in search of witnesses while crime-scene technicians sought fingerprints on the front storm door and gathered evidence from inside. Several residents said there had been a shooting at a house about a block away on Eastmere earlier this week, in which no one was killed. The Sheriff's Office asks that anyone with information call Homicide Detective Solomon Burke at 504.364.5300 or Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111 or toll-free at 1.877.903.7867. Callers do not have to give their names or testify and can earn as much as $2,500 for tips that lead to an indictment.

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