Baton Rouge: Three bodies dumped same day, all being investigated as overdoses

BATON ROUGE, La. — With Georgia businessman Nathan Millard’s death now being investigated as a possible overdose, Baton Rouge police and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies are investigating three deaths on the same day where bodies were dumped across the city.

Though they are not believed to be connected at this time, all three deaths are being investigated as possible overdoses.

Treasure Short and Macy Peebles reportedly died on the same day as Millard. Their cases have not received the same attention, but they’re highlighting a growing problem of drug-related overdoses being investigated by East Baton Rouge Parish coroner Dr. Beau Clark.

Macy Peebles investigation

27-year-old Macy Peebles was found dead on February 23 outside of an apartment unit under construction on GSRI Ave.

EBRSO officials say homicide detectives located video-surveillance footage from a nearby residence that captured the area where Peebles was found.

Detectives believe Peebles’ body was placed at the location between 7:30 a.m. and 8:51 a.m.

Investigators say evidence at the scene indicate that Peebles was dragged to that location. They also say that she was found face up, but they believe her remains were facing down some time after her death.

Arrest documents indicate a crime camera shows a silver Chevrolet Malibu pulling into the parking lot of the complex where Peebles was found at 7:47 a.m.

The Malibu exited the parking lot briefly, then backed into the parking lot, the cameras show. The vehicle backed out of the camera view, in the exact direction of where Peebles’ body was located.

At 8:02 a.m., the car exited the parking lot, in the direction of Gardere Lane. No other vehicles entered or exited the parking lot between that time and the time the victim’s body was discovered, according to officials.

Homicide detectives learned that between the time the victim’s remains were discarded and the time that the initial deputies were securing the crime scene, the Malibu was captured on multiple cameras driving through the Gardere Ln. area.

The vehicle also stopped at the crime scene and Damion Matthews, 38, spoke with a deputy maintaining the perimeter, inquiring about the investigation, detectives say.

Arrest documents revealed that detectives received information that Peebles had been at the L’Auberge casino and was possibly seen leaving with an unknown male, now believed to be Matthews.

Detectives obtained video surveillance footage from the casino and confirmed that Matthews and Peebles left the casino together at approximately 2:34 a.m. in a silver Malibu. Detectives say Matthews was wearing the same clothing on the video-surveillance footage that he was wearing when he was taken into custody.

Matthews has been charged with unlawful disposal of remains and obstruction of justice for allegedly moving Peebles’ body.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office reported Peebles’ cause of death as acute amphetamine, fentanyl and methamphetamine toxicity. Her manner of death of accidental overdose.

Treasure Short investigation

On February 23, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives began investigating after a body was dumped on King Bradford Ave.

The remains of 34-year-old Treasure Short were “wrapped in a blanket and discarded near a wooded area,” arrest documents said.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies arrested Andrea Matthews, 41, and charged her with unlawful disposal of human remains and obstruction of justice.

Video surveillance footage shows a white Buick Lacross discard of Short’s remains on King Bradford Ave. on February 19th just after 7 p.m. Investigators linked Matthews back to that car.

Matthews told detectives that her boyfriend called her on February 19 and told her that his friend, an unnamed co-defendant in the case, needed a ride from a local hotel.

Matthews told investigators that the boyfriend’s friend pulled out a handgun and forced her to drive him to King Bradford Ave. where he dumped Short’s body.

But investigators say surveillance video at the hotel paints a different picture. They say, according to the arrest documents, the video shows the unnamed suspect wait for Matthews to drive up to the hotel and eventually directs her to park into a designated parking spot.

“(The suspect) is observed returning to the room and moments later seen dragging the victim’s body out of the room,” the affidavit states. “The victim’s body was wrapped in a white colored blanket and physically dragged by (the suspect) down the walkway of the hotel.”

Detectives say it’s the same blanket the victim was found wrapped in. They also say video shows Matthews helping place the victim in the back seat of the car.

Crime cameras reportedly captured the same Buick Lacross on S Harrell’s Ferry Rd., 10 miles from King Bradford Ave. before surveillance video captured the same care where Short’s body was found.

“The passenger-side front door opens and an unknown individual is observed exiting the vehicle” and walk toward the trunk, the documents said. It goes on to say that “human remains” were discarded and the vehicle fled the site two minutes later.

The arrest documents say the car seen on crime cameras and surveillance video had the same license plate and “had distinct stickers on the back windshield and damage to the front quarter panel.”

Short’s cause of death was also acute amphetamine, fentanyl and methamphetamine toxicity, per the EBR Coroner’s Office. Her manner of death of accidental overdose.

Nathan Millard investigation

Nathan Millard, 42, disappeared February 23rd during what was supposed to be a 24-hour work trip to Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge Police have said Millard’s case was an “accidental overdose.”

Millard’s body was found March 6 after someone called saying there was a bad smell off of Scenic Hwy. near Chippewa St. in Baton Rouge.

Since then, an arrest has been made in Millard’s case and Derrick Perkins has been charged with unlawful disposal of human remains and several other charges.

Millard’s toxicology report is pending to determine the cause and manner of death.

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