The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Department in Leesville announced on Tuesday that they have reopened a 2002 murder cold case in which a girl was killed and another girl survived, despite severe head trauma. According to detectives, September 11th will mark the 17th anniversary of the crime, which was discovered at about 11:30 p.m. in a home on Lake Street in New Llano.
Detectives say that a woman returned to the home that night and discovered her daughter, 14-year-old Barbara Ivey, suffering from acute traumatic head injuries, while 19-year-old Alicia “Allie” Rose Carver was deceased in the same bedroom.
Detectives described the attack on Carver as “brutal”, noting that she suffered horrific injuries to her face and skull. At autopsy, the pathologist determined that Carver’s death was caused by blunt force injuries to the head. The sheriff’s department said the crime scene was one of the most brutal ever witnessed by many law enforcement officers within Vernon Parish.
Detectives said that a male family member was asleep in a different room in the house and he indicated that he was not awakened by anything until his girlfriend returned home and came into the room screaming his name. Detectives noted that the male family member was cooperative with investigators during the course of the investigation.
If you have any information about the crime, you’re asked to contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Department at 337-238-1311, or you can call direct to Detective Jerry Twyman or Detective Rhonda Jordan at 337-238-7248. You do not have to give your name.