THE arrest of a person of interest in the case of Nathan Millard has sparked renewed interest in the mystery surrounding the dad’s death.
Millard’s body was found wrapped in carpet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on March 6 – weeks after he was last seen.
Now, cops have arrested Derrick Perkins, 45, who they believe might have information that could help investigators in the case.
Officers have claimed that he had been driving a stolen 2004 Toyota Camry, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the ABC affiliate WBRZ.
It’s alleged that Perkins spray-painted the car’s bumper and removed a sticker in a bid to disguise the vehicle.
Investigators have also alleged that surveillance footage captured Perkins using Millard’s debit card – just days after the dad disappeared.
Perkins is being held in prison for probation violation, criminal damage to property, three counts of access device fraud, and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Cops have not formally named Perkins as a suspect as their probe continues.
Millard’s body was found in a vacant lot on March 6.
His remains were discovered after a passerby “smelled a foul odor” and contacted the authorities.
Captain Kevin Heinz of the Baton Rouge Police Department revealed that investigators do not suspect foul play was involved in Millard’s death, per local CBS affiliate WAFB.
Millard’s body was found in a vacant lot – two miles north of the Greyhound bus station.
Heinz said: “It does appear he was left there, that that’s most likely not where he died.”
Security footage has since emerged that showed Millard walking in Baton Rouge in the early hours of February 23.
He appeared to be walking normally while the other person in the footage was seen stumbling.
Cops said he wandered to the bus station where a security guard tried to help him.
The guard reported that he seemed lost and offered to call him a car or the police, as per the Fox affiliate WAGA.
On February 22, Millard had been drinking at Happy’s Irish Pub with a client after watching a Louisiana State University basketball game.
But, it’s believed he got cut off for having too much to drink.
Millard left the bar at 11.30pm and was captured on footage walking toward his hotel – The Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Baton Rouge.
His client raised the alarm after they were supposed to meet up at the job site at 8am.
But, there was no sign of Millard and the client requested a wellness check, Millard’s wife Amber told the NBC affiliate based in Atlanta WXIA-TV.
Heinz revealed: “He [Millard] appeared to be at those locations under his own power, and it didn’t appear that there was anything taking place criminally.”
Millard leaves behind Amber, two teen boys from a previous marriage, two teen stepsons, and a seven-year-old daughter.
His son Landyn revealed he knew something wasn’t right when his dad didn’t return home from the business trip as planned.
Landyn told WAFB: “It’s just not like him at all, he’s not that guy. “He’s got obligations, he’s a good man.”
Cops are continuing to investigate who moved Millard’s body after he died.