BIENVILLE – Human remains believed to be a Jackson Parish woman who’s been missing almost a year have been found, Sheriff John Ballance said.
A man filling up his deer feeders Friday afternoon found what authorities suspect are the skeletal remains of Ashley Martin Davis, 34, whose body reportedly was dumped in the rural area after she was killed on Oct. 27 in Odessa, Texas.
The skull and other bones were found off Piney Woods Road at Mill Creek in the south end of the Village of Bienville. The remains were 150 yards further off a search grid that was under water at the time of a search in late October and early November, Ballance said.
Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown said last year he believed Jonathon Boston killed Davis and transported her remains to the wooded spot off Highways 9 and 4. Her white Yukon was found in the woods near there. During the investigation, Boston killed himself.
But prior to taking his life, Boston told investigators he took Davis’ body into the woods, but he didn’t provide a specific location. That revelation and other evidence led to the arrest of Boston’s brother, Laterrian Lewis, for having knowledge of the homicide and helping his brother hide the body.
Scores of first-responders and volunteers searched the area by foot, aided by aerial flyovers. After days of coming up empty, Ballance then encouraged hunters to be on the lookout.
The hunter who found the remains Friday afternoon called the Bienville Sheriff’s Office. Investigators responded along with Jackson Parish sheriff’s deputies.
The remains were sent to the Louisiana State Police laboratory in Baton Rouge for positive identification. A clue to the possible identity were two gold teeth crowns still in the skull that matched Davis’ dental records, Ballance said.