Tangipahoa reopens 2 cold-case homicide investigations

Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s detectives approached Flo Foy a few months ago with news she never thought she’d hear.

Foy, 74, of Robert, was informed that the Sheriff’s Office would reopen its investigation into the death of her daughter, Debbie Ann Lindsey, 44, of Amite, who was found stabbed to death in 2003.

“I was shocked, really, after 10 years,” Foy said Tuesday when reached by telephone. “I hope that they’ll find out something.”

The Sheriff’s Office announced Monday it would begin re-investigating Lindsey’s case, along with that of Timothy Brown, 30, of Ponchatoula, who was found shot to death in December 2006.

The Sheriff’s Office said the cold cases are being reopened because new evidence has come to light, but sheriff’s officials did not elaborate on what that evidence is. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto did not return messages asking for clarification Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Office also said it is asking the public for any information it may have in regard to both homicides.

“Any piece of information gathered could be what is needed to put this case to rest and justice be served,” Panepinto said in a news release.

Foy described her daughter as a friendly person who had no enemies.

“She’d give you the shirt off her back,” Foy said.

Lindsey didn’t work, Foy said. She had been divorced once and “went from one boyfriend to another.” She was living with her 28-year-old boyfriend when she went missing.

On Valentine’s Day in 2003, Lindsey’s boyfriend called Foy to say Lindsey had been missing for a couple of days.

The boyfriend said he filled out a missing person report with authorities, “but he never did,” Foy said. So Foy and her husband called the Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 17, 2003.

Detectives found Lindsey’s decomposed body about a month later, on March 13, 2003, while searching a wooded area near her home. She had been stabbed multiple times and abandoned.

The Sheriff’s Office said Monday that detectives have identified a person of interest in the case. That person’s identity was not made public.

Foy said detectives contacted her at least two months ago, possibly even earlier, about the case being reopened.

Foy said detectives have told her so far only that they are re-interviewing old witnesses in the case.

She said she had lost hope about her daughter’s slaying ever being solved.

“I was hoping they would reopen it,” she said. “They did tell me it wasn’t (necessarily) a closed case. It was always open.”

In the other cold case, Brown, 30, was shot in the early hours of Dec. 29, 2006, while trying to break up a fight in the parking lot of Pea’s Lounge in Ponchatoula.

During the fight, two unknown men began firing shots into the crowd — one man from a white Caprice with custom “Helo” rims, and the other from a burgundy Suburban or Yukon, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies found Brown behind his vehicle with a fatal gunshot wound on the right side of his body.

Detectives recently received several pieces of information that may help them identify people of interest, the Sheriff’s Office said Monday. Details of that information were not made available.

Relatives of Brown could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to contact Tangipahoa Parish Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-554-5245. Fruitful tips will generate a reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.