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Couple Who Disappeared On Valentine's Day Found Dead And Roommate Has Been Charged

Investigators with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office believe Iva Jane Travis and Lewis "Payton" Travis were killed after an argument broke out with their roommate, 34-year-old Kevin Buckley.

By Jill Sederstrom
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A Louisiana couple who disappeared on Valentine’s Day has been found dead and their roommate has been taken into custody for the slayings.

Kevin Buckley, 34, is facing two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Iva Jane Travis, 54, and Lewis “Payton” Travis, 55, according to local station WGNO.

The couple mysteriously vanished on Valentine’s Day and were officially reported missing several days later, on Feb. 18.

Investigators with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office began speaking with family and neighbors who knew the couple and soon turned their attention to Buckley, who lived with the couple at their Kentwood home along Highway 440.

Buckley had reportedly also worked with Payton for many years, according to a statement obtained by WBRZ.

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The 34-year-old allegedly confessed that he had killed both victims and later led authorities to the location of their bodies.

Authorities believe the couple was killed after an argument broke out between the trio. It's not clear what sparked the argument.

The sheriff’s office did not provide any additional details about how the couple was killed or when the argument allegedly broke out between the roommates.

The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab has been called in to process the crime scene and physical evidence linked to the crime, according to The Advocate.

Oxygen.com reached out to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, but has not yet received a response.

Buckley is currently being held at the Tangipahoa Parish jail. It is not clear whether Buckley has entered a plea in the case.

Authorities have said the investigation remains ongoing.

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