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NOPD Looking to Speak with Possible Witnesses in 2016 Homicide

by Aaron E. Looney

December 4, 2017

Categories: Be on the Lookout

Topics: Eighth District, Homicide

NOPD Looking to Speak with Possible Witnesses in 2016 Homicide

The NOPD is seeking to locate, identify and interview two individuals seen on surveillance video walking in the 800 block of Chartres Street in connection with the hit-and-run dragging death of Joshua Woodruff, a Nebraska tourist visiting New Orleans for New Year celebrations in 2015.

Woodruff was in New Orleans with friends to celebrate the New Year. Around 3 a.m. on January 1, 2016, Woodruff was at the intersection of Dumaine and Decatur streets in the French Quarter when a dark-colored four-door sedan struck him and dragged his body from the French Quarter up to Interstate 10 and across the Mississippi River to the West Bank. Woodruff’s body was found around 3:30 a.m. on the West Bank Expressway, near the General DeGaulle Drive exit.

The NOPD remains committed to bring the perpetrator(s) in this incident to justice.

Detectives believe that the individuals seen in the included surveillance captures may have seen the suspect vehicle as it traveled past them in the 800 block of Chartres Street on the night in question. These individuals are being sought for informational purposes only.

Anyone with information on this incident or information as to the identities of the two pictured individuals is asked to contact NOPD Homicide Detective Rob Barrere at 504-658-5300. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.