- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged interstate transportation of a stolen van that had been loaned to a Reserve couple found dead in March.

WVUE-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1im1Kci) that 45-year-old Frank Mike of New Orleans was indicted Friday.

The indictment says Mike drove a 2010 Dodge Caravan from News Orleans to Georgia. Documents show that a relative of Lakeitha and Kenneth Joseph said she had loaned her Caravan to the couple and it was never returned.

The missing van was found Feb. 27 by Fulton County, Ga., police.

On March 10, New Orleans police discovered the body of Lakeitha Joseph in the Intracoastal Waterway. On March 22, police recovered Kenneth Joseph’s body from the waterway. Both had been bound with rope.

The Josephs disappeared from their home Feb. 19.

Mike was arrested Tuesday and booked with transporting the Joseph’s van across state lines.

According to court documents, Mike called state police to talk about the case three days after investigators searched his house in late March.

He claims he found the van backed into his driveway and that when he asked a friend about it, the friend told him, “we pulled off a little move in it.”

Mike told agents that he believed the friend meant an armed robbery or a car theft. The affidavit goes on to say that Mike claims he asked the friend if he could use the van to travel to Atlanta to go clothes shopping. He said it wasn’t until he was in Atlanta that he learned the van was possibly related to a case of two missing people.

The complaint says Mike said he wiped down the van for fingerprints before he abandoned it - and that he also saw blood inside. Blood samples taken from the van matched the DNA of both Kenneth and Lakeitha Joseph.

Police chief Ronal Serpas says the investigation into who killed the couple is far from over.

“It’s a very active criminal investigation into what we believe to be a particularly terrible crime,” he said. “I’m not able to get into the details of the case right now, but stay tuned.”


Information from: WVUE-TV, https://fox8live.com



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