Family of man found in burn pile remembers him and awaits answers


LAFAYETTE, Louisiana – KATC learns more about the man whose body was found in a pile of burns in the parish of Lafayette and the weeks leading up to his death.

Linda Plaunty-Dupré, his sister, remembers him as a kind man with a busy life.

“He wasn’t good at all,” she said. “I’m not going to lie about it. We all know Wayne had his problems. He had a drug addiction. He resumed using methamphetamine. We all knew it. He had asked us for a place to stay, we said to him: “you are in rehab and you can come and stay here”.

She says a car accident in her youth left her addicted to pain relievers.

“He’s not in pain anymore,” she said. “It’s my peace. And I just pray for his soul. I just pray that God will deliver him, take him with mom and with my sister Macy.

About a month ago, during a phone call with one of his sisters, Wayne told her that he didn’t want to drag the family into issues he was involved in.

“He said, ‘My kids got me into a mess that I can’t get out of,” she said. “We didn’t know what he was talking about.

The family suspects that a fight over money or drugs led to his death. Days before MPs found human remains in a pile of burns, she says Wayne contacted her son.

“Son, they got me. They beat me, but it’s going to be okay. I’ll see you in a few days, tell my children and my family that I love them, ”says Plaunty-Dupré.

She says that was the last time they heard from him.

The cause of death has not been confirmed.

“We prayed that he died before they burned him,” she said.

LPSO says the case is still under investigation.

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