Concordia Parish family still looking for answers 3 years after man's death

Published: Jan. 4, 2019 at 11:11 AM CST
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A Concordia Parish family is starting the new year with the hope that justice will be served.

Duell Moreland was found dead in 2016. Investigators have not solved the case.

Family members say enough is enough. They say want answers and some closure.

"I'm not going to let it die,” said Moreland's mother, Kim Thompson. “I promised him I would get him justice."

Thompson is a mother in mourning still devoted, more than ever, to bring her son’s alleged killer to justice.

"It's awful especially around the holidays and every day was, Duell was, he was just our life," Thompson said.

The 26-year-old went missing on March 29, 2016. It was the day he was supposed to be out shopping with his mom.

"When I stopped by to get him to go to town, he wasn't here,” said Thompson. “That rifle was gone, though."

Instead, she spent the next few weeks looking for him. His grandfather, Buddy Tiffee, found his remains near a bayou one month later.

"Duell would have been about a mile right back behind there," said Tiffee.

Family members say they know who played a role in Moreland’s death.

"After two or three days of investigating and figuring everything out, Hart admitted himself to coming up here,” Tiffee said. “He looked at her and told her. He said, 'Yes, I did it.'"

"I've got it wrote down,” said Moreland's grandmother, Sandra Tiffee. “I've got the date and time wrote down."

Hartwell Tiffee was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, but court records say a grand jury decided there wasn't enough evidence to indict him.

Now, Moreland's family is stuck still searching for answers years later.

"If it's the last thing I do, he deserves it," Thompson said. "He did not deserve to die this way."

But they say they're not giving up on seeking justice for Duell Moreland.

The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office is still offering a 30-thousand dollar reward for any tips leading to an arrest and conviction. If you have any information, please call the sheriff’s office.