New leads probed in slain stripper case

Investigators in Hancock County, Miss., are working new leads in the death of a French Quarter dancer who was gruesomely slaughtered in June.

Jaren Lockhart, 22, a native of Tangipahoa Parish, went missing on June 6 after leaving work at Temptations Gentlemen’s Club on Bourbon Street.

Days later, her severed body parts washed ashore in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Two people were detained — Margaret A. Sanchez, 28, and Terry Christopher Speaks, 39. However, no formal charges in Lockhart’s death were made against the couple.

Speaks was taken to North Carolina where he faces sex offender charges unrelated to the murder investigation. Sanchez was released from the Tangipahoa Parish Jail Aug. 10 after prosecutors decided not to try her on a count of harboring a sex offender. Now, the lead investigator said that people with new information are coming forward as fear and shock wear off.

Sanchez and Speaks were identified as the same couple seen on a surveillance video leaving Temptations strip club with Lockhart around 2 a.m. the day she was reported missing, authorities have said. Hancock County investigators have named Sanchez and Speaks, both of Kenner, as the primary suspects in Lockhart’s death, but have not made any arrests in the case.