Derrick Perkins arrested in Baton Rouge in the Millard case
Police have arrested the man they wanted to speak to about 42-year-old Nathan Millard, who went missing and was found dead on a rolled-up carpet in Baton Rogue, Louisiana. Investigators charged Derrick Perkins, 45, with no wrongdoing in connection with Millard’s death but had also wanted him on probation violations, criminal damage to property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and three counts of access device fraud. Cops said he was arrested without incident Monday night and jailed at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Authorities have not specified what role they believe Perkins played in Millard’s mysterious disappearance and death.
As previously reported, Millard, a resident of Covington, Georgia, was in Baton Rouge on a brief business trip. Authorities initially said he was last seen on the night of February 22.
“Nathan was last seen on video walking around the Courtyard Marriott at 3rd Street and Florida Ave. wearing a black Carhartt shirt, jeans, brown boots and a black Columbia baseball cap,” search and recovery organization Texas EquuSearch wrote on March 1. “Nathan is known to have visited Happy’s Irish Pub on 3rd Street and Convention St. and is believed to have left the pub on foot at around 11:30pm to return to the hotel. His phone and wallet were found discarded a few blocks away, but Nathan was not sighted.”
Millard tragically turned up dead on a vacant lot on Block 2900 of the Scenic Highway early March 6. He was rolled up in a rug.
“It appears he was left there,” Baton Rouge Police Captain Kevin Heinz said in a March 7 news conference. “He most likely did not die there.”
Authorities said they followed him through surveillance cameras from the night of February 22 until early February 23.
At one point, Millard ended up at a bus stop, the captain said. A security guard offered to help him because she felt he was out of place, even though he didn’t appear to be in need. She offered to take him away or call the police for him. Millard declined and left of his own volition, Heinz said.
According to the captain, the man was observed over the next few hours and followed to several local businesses. He was followed until about 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Heinz said.
The captain described all of this video evidence and said Millard appears to be in these locations under his own power and he does not appear to be in distress. Heinz said nothing of a criminal nature appeared to be happening.
And yet somehow Millard died and ended up on this vacant lot. Authorities have yet to determine how he died – Heinz noticed no signs of foul play, including gunshot wounds or blunt force trauma.
“No evidence of internal or external trauma was found,” the East Baton Rouge Community Coroner’s Office said in a statement obtained by Law&Crime. “The final results of the autopsy are pending when further studies are conducted, including toxicological tests. Cause and manner of death pending final autopsy report.”
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