OPELOUSAS — After he told detectives a number of lies about his missing wife, Arthur Tillett finally told the truth: They would find Sandra Tillett where he buried her, under a cement slab in the couple’s back yard, authorities said.
The body of Sandra Tillett, 64, was found Saturday at the couple’s home at 499 Carrington Place in Opelousas.
Tillett’s husband is being held in the St. Landry Parish Jail, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said in a release.
Arthur Tillett, 59, is being held as a person of interest in the death of his 64-year-old wife, who was last seen alive in July.
Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said his office was alerted more than a week ago by Sandra Tillett’s out-of-state daughter, who asked deputies to inquire about Tillett.
The daughter said she had not seen her mother since June, sheriff’s Capt. Megan Vizena said.
Detectives questioned Tillett at his home on Dec. 14 on the whereabouts of Sandra Tillett. By the time investigators learned Tillett’s information did not add up, he was gone.
On Dec. 17, authorities in Omega, Ga., called to say they’d caught Tillett and were holding him for St. Landry detectives.
On Saturday, deputies dug up Sandra Tillett’s body, which was buried under a layer of cement in a backyard shed of the couple’s residence at 499 Carrington Place, Guidroz said.
Guidroz said that, for now, Tillett is a person of interest and not a murder suspect.
“Arthur Tillett specifically admitted only to burying Sandra’s body after her death,” Guidroz said. “He did not admit to contributing to her death.”
Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy.
Guidroz said one of the questions detectives want answered is what caused her death, Guidroz said.