PERSON OF INTEREST SOUGHT IN AN UNCLASSIFIED DEATH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
07/06/2015
CORRECTION: PERSON OF INTEREST SOUGHT IN AN UNCLASSIFIED DEATH

NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 46-year-old Kwan Allen, who is a person of interest. This individual is not a suspect in the incident just a person who may have critical information about the death of 16-year-old Kaylan Ward. The incident took place June 4, 2015, on the Interstate 10 East Bridge at Bullard Avenue.

At around 6:38 a.m., police responded to a call of a body on the bridge. When officers arrived, they observed the body in the right shoulder emergency lane.

Ward was last seen walking river bound on Earhart Boulevard near Magnolia Street, at approximately midnight. At that time, she was attempting to get a ride to North Miro Street.

Ward was last seen wearing a black shirt, black bike shorts, and orange slippers.

Investigators are currently in the process of gathering evidence and information to ascertain what happened to the victim.

Below is a photograph of Kwan Allen. Allen is not a suspect in the incident just a person that may have critical information about the incident.

This individual may also use the name Kwan Thomas.

Homicide Detectives Tim Bender is investigating the incident and can be contacted at 658-5300.

Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org

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Officer Juan D. Barnes, Sr.
F-04354-15

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