Livingston Parish Sheriff deputies arrest a Denham Springs man following the discovery of a massage therapist’s body in an abandoned building.

Sheriff Jason Ard says 24-year-old Kayla Ann Denham of Baton Rouge never returned from a home visit in Denham Springs, where she was meeting first-time client Christopher Landry for a massage. Ard says detectives searched the residence near where the girl’s vehicle was found.

“We were able to obtain a search warrant to search the rest of the premises. When we did that, we actually found the body, which was in a vacant building that was located on the property,” Ard said.

The 22-year-old Landry is booked at the Livingston Parish Detention Center for obstruction of justice and second degree murder. Ard says the charges could be upgraded as the investigation unfolds. He says the victim did not know the suspect, and this was the first time they had met.

“The subject has no violent background as far as his criminal history. The only thing we have is that he’s been in trouble for some misdemeanor drug charges,” Ard said.

Ard says they still have a lot of unanswered questions at this point, and the investigation is ongoing. He asks the public to keep the family of the victim in their thoughts during this difficult time.

“I’m sure that they are hurting and rightfully so. We just want to make sure that we remember them as well as detectives work through this and try to get as much closure as we can to the family,” Ard said.