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Jaren Lockhart Murder: Two in custody in case of dismembered New Orleans exotic dancer

Two people held in Louisiana are now suspects in the death of a Bourbon Street stripper whose body parts recently washed ashore on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Police say 28-year-old Margaret Sanchez and 39-year-old Terry Christopher Speaks are being held on charges related to the death of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart. They have not been charged with her death but are being questioned as suspects. Lockhart had been living at a New Orleans motel. Police said she had been reported missing in the early week of June 2012 by her boyfriend, who said he became concerned because he was unable to contact her after she left for work at a strip club. Personal Photo

Murder victim Jaren Lockhart
(CBS/WWLTV) NEW ORLEANS - Two people are now in custody in the case of a murdered exotic dancer whose dismembered body parts washed ashore on several Mississippi beaches last week, reports CBS affiliate WWL-TV. Margaret Sanchez, 28, and her boyfriend Terry Speaks, 39, are considered persons of interest but have not been charged in the death of Bourbon Street dancer Jaren Lockhart, 22.

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Authorities said they were able to capture the two because tips started pouring in after a surveillance video went out showing the couple going into Temptations Strip Club on Bourbon Street, where Lockhart worked.

The station reports that Sanchez and Speaks were arrested in Tangipahoa, La. on Tuesday night. Authorities pulled the two over after they left a party. They said Speaks bolted into the woods and U.S. Marshals were called to find him.

Speaks was then transported to New Orleans Wednesday to face a federal judge on an unrelated matter. He's charged with failing to properly register as a sex offender after committing a sex crime in North Carolina. He was convicted of three counts of indecent liberty with a minor in 2003.

Authorities believe the three knew each other and all worked in the French Quarter.

"What business transaction or personal grievance they had, we're not sure at this point," said Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass.

"All these people have in common is the Quarter. So we're hoping that with all these tapes and interviews that people from the Quarter, because it's a small close knit group, will come forward and give us some more information as well," said Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam.

Authorities searched Sanchez's home Wednesday and took several items out in boxes, reports WWLTV.

Meanwhile, authorities said they're not sure where exactly Lockhart was murdered. They'll continue to investigate and they hope anyone with more information will come forward.

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