The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office says that on Sunday morning, January 12, a deputy responded to a complaint in the Varnado area from a mother who stated she discovered her son was missing when she woke up. A little over an hour later, deputies responded to an area off of Military Road to investigate a report that a citizen had discovered a body near a pond. The body was tentatively identified as 17-year-old JaQuarius Taylor, the person who had been reported missing. The investigation is ongoing. Sheriff Randy Seal said their detective division was devoting all their resources to the investigation and that anyone with information should call (985) 839-3434. The crime is being investigated as a homicide.