A suspected drug dealer reportedly turned off his phone to avoid being caught with the body of a construction manager in his car, police documents show.
Derrick Perkins allegedly drove around the Baton Rouge area with Nathan Millard’s body in the vehicle for days before dumping it on an abandoned lot, police officers say.
Millard, 42, disappeared on February 22 after a night of drinking with a work client.
He was last seen alive on surveillance footage captured in downtown Baton Rouge in the early hours of February 23.
His body was found wrapped in plastic and rolled in a rug on March 6.
Perkins was arrested and faces charges in connection with Millard’s case, but Louisiana police have not charged him with causing the father’s death.
According to the arrest warrant, Perkins drove the father’s body around for two to four days “until the smell became too strong”.
The warrant also claimed that “several people” claimed to have “smelled, observed and/or learned” that Millard’s body was inside Perkins’ blue 2004 Toyota Camry.
Cell phone records revealed that Perkins’ phone was put on airplane mode on March 6 – the day Millard’s body was discovered.
The warrant claimed it was probably done to prevent police from tracing his whereabouts.
Further examination of data from Perkins’ phone revealed that the mobile device was in the Circle K area on February 23, the last location Millard was seen alive by surveillance.
Cell phone records showed Perkins was in the area near the AM Mart and the Chevron/Kangaroo gas station, where detectives observed him using Millard’s debit card, the warrant claims.
“Cell phone records placed him at or near the 2000 block of Ontario Street where Nathan Millard’s body was eventually found on multiple occasions (almost daily) between 2/23/2023 and 3/6/2023 when Nathan Millard’s body was found,” the investigators wrote.
“Something to make him feel better”
Millard disappeared after dating a client who was there to survey a potential job site with him the next day.
He was reportedly cut off for drinking too much and left while the customer closed his tab.
Millard never showed up for her appointment the next morning.
Haunting surveillance footage shows Millard picking up cash from an ATM near a Greyhound bus stop, where he chatted with a security guard, Perkins’ arrest warrant said.
The warden asked Millard several times if he needed help and offered to get him a car or call the police.
The Georgia father allegedly told the man he was looking for “something to make him feel better” and “a girl to take up to his room,” according to the warrant.
Later that night, Millard was seen on surveillance footage walking the streets with an unnamed man whom police tracked down and questioned.
The anonymous man reportedly told police that he helped Millard locate the ATM and introduced him to a prostitute and another man who stopped a drug dealer named “Stanka,” who was later identified as Perkins.
Perkins allegedly took Millard south of town to “get high,” but first stopped at a Circle K gas station, where they dumped the anonymous men and women.
That was the last time either of them saw their father alive.
NO INDICATIONS OF TRAUMA
Several people told police that Millard allegedly died in a home afterwards from an accidental overdose.
Perkins is accused of then wrapping up the body and putting it in his car.
Millard’s remains were discovered March 6 next to a freeway by someone who noticed the foul odor.
An official cause of death has yet to be confirmed by the coroner’s office.
Police said there were no signs of trauma on his body.
Perkins now faces charges of unlawful disposal of remains, obstruction of justice, criminal damage to property and failure to provide assistance.
He remains in prison pending a court date.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7679798/nathan-millard-death-derrick-perkins-baton-rouge/ Shocking details about Nathan Millard reveal that “Derrick Perkins turned off the phone” to avoid being spotted while wheeling the body around