Sheriff: ‘We have not given up’ hunt for fugitive in killing

July 7, 2021 GMT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Southwest Louisiana authorities are asking for tips leading to a man accused of killing his estranged wife a decade ago and are offering immunity to whoever helped him then.

Joe M. Constance is accused of breaking into the Lake Charles home of Mary “Jeannette” Duhon on June 5, 2011, and confronting two other residents before finding her and killing her with a shotgun blast.

“We are willing to offer immunity to someone who may have assisted Constance if they come forward now and help us locate this fugitive,” Calcasieu Parish District Attorney Stephen Dwight said Wednesday.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said his department, the FBI and the U.S. Marshal’s Service have never stopped looking for Constance, who would now be 54 years old.

He is charged with first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one of aggravated burglary.

Deputies found Constance’s abandoned truck about 30 minutes after the shooting.


Several days of extensive searching failed to locate him.

“We want the victim’s family to know we have not given up, nor will we ever give up,” Mancuso said in a news release about the briefing he and Dwight held. “We continue to work very hard and I have one person dedicated solely to finding Constance.”

The sheriff’s office asked anyone with information about Constance to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or the sheriff’s office at (337) 707-TIPS (8477).

Constance is 6’2, white, with brown/gray hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm, numerous tattoos on his back and a mole on his neck. He has been known to use the following names: Joe Constance, Joe M. Constance, Joe Matthew Constance and Joseph Constance. He has used birthdates of Feb. 27 and July 27, both in 1967.

The sheriff’s office provided an FBI wanted poster from 2015 and two LSU Faces Lab simulations of what he might look like now, either with medium-length hair and a full beard or with short hair and a goatee similar to the ones in the FBI poster.