New photos may help with capture of alleged shooter

Cedric (Ced Red) Stephens sports a tattoo on his right hand.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Newly-released photos of an alleged killer may help police with identification by the public. These photos were provided to Webster Parish Journal and published with permission of Minden Police Chief Jared McIver in hopes someone may recognize 37-year-old Cedric Bernard Stephens and contact authorities. Please note the tattoo on Stephens’ right hand.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Stephens was still art large, however, law enforcement is following leads.

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

Stephens is suspected of shooting Daniel Merritt and hiding his body in the woods near Auction Barn Road in Minden.

The chief requested 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 can remain anonymous.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.