Louisiana police said a Georgia man whose body was found wrapped in carpet and plastic earlier this month had suffered a fatal overdose and was discarded by the person who sold him drugs.
Derrick Perkins, 45, allegedly dumped Nathan Millard’s body off the Scenic Highway, where it was discovered on March 6. Baton Rouge police said Millard, 43, was seen on February 23 at a Greyhound Bus station, where he refused help from a security guard and told him he was seeking “something to make him feel better” and “a girl to take back to his room,” WBRZ reported.
An unidentified person reportedly introduced Millard to a prostitute and a man who connected him with Perkins. Two witnesses told police that Millard and Perkins left them at a Circle K convenience store and drove away. WBRZ reported that police corroborated their story by reviewing surveillance footage which last showed Millard alive.
Millard is believed to have suffered a fatal overdose in a home, leading Perkins to allegedly wrap his body and leave it in the trunk of his car for up to four days. Perkins reportedly moved his body when the odor became too strong.
Baton Rouge police said Perkins’ car was found burned last week — but their K9 still detected human decomposition. WBRZ reportedly that police searched the home where Millard died and discovered plastic sheeting similar to the kind used to wrap his body.
A preliminary autopsy found no internal or external injuries on Millard. A toxicology report is pending.
Meanwhile, Perkins was charged with unlawful disposal of remains, obstruction of justice, simple criminal damage to property, and failure to seek assistance. His bail was set at $14,000 at the time of his arrest last week, though the charges against him were upgraded on Monday.
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[Featured image: Nathan Millard, Derrick Perkins/Baton Rouge Police Department]