Manhunt continues for alleged killer

By Bonnie Culverhouse

The search for a man who is wanted in the death of Daniel Merritt continued Wednesday.

Minden Police Chief Jared McIver said Wednesday night that his agency, as well as several others, are actively pursuing all leads in finding Cedric Bernard Stephens, the 37-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed Merritt last week.

“We have too many agencies working on it not to catch him,” McIver said. “But we are not 100 percent sure he is still in the area.”

The chief said he understands the rumors on social media, but cautioned against believing them.

“There is much we can’t release at this point because it may jeopardize the investigation,” he said. “We will do our best to alert the public as information becomes available that won’t hinder our efforts to capture him.”

Merritt’s remains were found in a wooded area near Auction Barn Road in Minden Sunday. A tip led police to track Stephens. He was seen Tuesday crossing a field near Woods Tank Farm off Allen Drive in Minden.

A state police helicopter and dogs from Wade Correctional Center spent the day aiding local law enforcement in the search.

The chief requests anyone with information or leads to please contact Minden Police Department (318-371-4226), Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office (318-377-1515) or 911. They may remain anonymous.