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Hammond, Louisiana’s Elijah Williams, Travon Washington arrested 7 months after Taysia Folse’s body was found

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Taysia Lynn Folse, 14, of Houma, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, United States was staying at the Raintree Family Services Center, an at-risk youth facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, when she ran away in February 2021. She is Charles Sims Jr. and Heather Folse‘s daughter.

On June 30, 2021, a driver found Taysia dead in a swampy roadside area east of Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. After the preliminary investigation, which concluded on August 12, 2021, detectives in the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) determined that she had died by homicide.

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Taysia has three siblings namely Destiny Folse, D’Airen Folse and D’Zavien Stevenson. Taysia’s grandparents are Terry Folse, Pamela Folse, the late Charles Sims Sr. and Libby Sims.

“It’s devastating, you know?” Libby told WGNO. “(Taysia was) a 14-year-old. Somebody had to be very, very heartless to do what they did to her and she didn’t deserve it.”

Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish residents Elijah Williams, 20, and Travon Washington, 20, are accused of murdering Taysia. On February 18, 2022, TPSO deputies arrested Williams while Washington was found in the Washington Parish Jail in Franklinton, Washington Parish, Louisiana on an unrelated charge of second-degree murder.

Washington will be extradited back to Tangipahoa Parish. He and Williams will be charged with first-degree murder in Taysia’s death.

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Hammond, Louisiana

Chartered in 1889, Hammond is the largest city in Tangipahoa Parish. The city is located 45 miles northwest of New Orleans and 45 miles east of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Hammond’s incumbent mayor Peter Michael Panepinto was elected in 2015 and reelected in 2018. He is an alumnus of Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) in the city, which is also home to Northshore Technical Community College.

There are five police agencies serving Hammond. These are the TPSO, the SLU Police Department, the Hammond Police Department, the Louisiana State Police and the 7th Ward City Court Marshal’s Office.

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Houma, Louisiana

Houma was founded in 1834, incorporated in 1848 and reincorporated in 1898. It is the largest city in Terrebonne Parish.

Located in Houma, Terrebonne High School is the second oldest high school in Louisiana. The oldest one is South Terrebonne High School in Bourg, Terrebonne Parish.

Former football players Frank Lewis, 74, Jay Pennison, 60, and Tramon Williams, 38, were born in Houma. They all played in the National Football League.

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