Arrests made after special needs patient died, found in deplorable living conditions

Marilyn Maricle, Glen Maricle, Karen Harrison (RPSO)

PLAINVIEW, La. (RPSO) - On Friday, November 23, Patrol Deputies responded to a residence on Leon Odom Road in Rapides Parish in reference to what was reported as a natural death.

According to the complainant, the victim, who was a 25-year-old special needs patient, was found deceased that morning. The responding deputy found that the living conditions were deplorable, and determined the incident needed further investigation.

Detectives believed the death was a result of severe intentional neglect.

From their investigation since Friday, detectives were able to establish sufficient probable cause and secured arrest warrants for three suspects, Marilyn Sue Maricle, 52, Glen E. Maricle, 55 and Karen Harrison Johnson, 47, all residing at 246 Leon Odom Road, Elizabeth, La.

Harrison was identified as the victim's mother. They were staying with the Maricles at the time.

Detectives obtained warrants based on the evidence at the scene and results of an autopsy conducted on Tuesday, for two counts obstruction of justice, criminal conspiracy, cruelty to the infirmed and second-degree murder.

On November 27, Sheriff's Detectives, with the assistance of United States Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force, located all three suspects at their residence and they were taken into custody without incident. All three suspects were transported and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center where they remain at the time of this release being held on a $1,170,000 bond.

Detectives said their investigation is still ongoing.

"Our detectives briefed me on what they had found and in all their years of law enforcement experience, they had never witnessed a scene of neglect as bad as this one," said Sheriff William Earl Hilton. "This is so sad on so many levels. I want to commend our deputies and detectives for the diligence they have put into this very difficult investigation. As one of our supervisors said, we are the voice of those victims who can no longer speak for themselves."