The ‘cocooned’ position of Nathan Millard’s body is causing difficulties in finding the truth about the death of a father of five, according to an expert
THE position in which the body of a missing father was found can cause difficulties in uncovering the truth behind his death, a forensic expert has revealed.
Nathan Millard, a 42-year-old construction executive from Georgia, was found dead, wrapped in plastic and a rug, on March 6.
The husband and father of five was on a short business trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana when he disappeared on February 22.
Millard was last seen that evening at Happy’s Irish Pub, about three miles from the vacant lot where his body was discovered more than a week later.
Her body was found by a passerby who called 911 after “smelling a foul odor” in the area.
An autopsy confirmed that Millard had “no evidence of internal or external trauma” after his death.
And the police believe there was no foul play in the Millard case.
However, a final autopsy report is pending toxicology results.
Joseph Scott Morgan, a distinguished emeritus in applied forensic pathology at Jacksonville State University, exclusively told the US Sun that the position in which Millard was found and the time he might have been there will have an effect. on his autopsy.
“Keep in mind it was wrapped in plastic, it was wrapped in carpet,” said Morgan, who also hosts the true-crime podcast Body Bags.
“What’s happening particularly in southern Louisiana…that environment there is particularly harsh.
“Things break down a little faster than in other places,” he explained.
Morgan said the “cocooned” position of Millard’s body can affect the decomposition process.
“Having her body kind of cocooned like this is significant because that cocooning and the warmth that comes with it can kind of speed up the process of decomposition,” he said.
Speaking of the toxicology report, Morgan said the number of days missing from Millard “is going to have an impact on how long it will take to [report] come back because it is in an early state of decomposition.
“That might complicate things a bit when you send the toxicity samples for analysis,” he said.
PERSON OF INTEREST
Police arrested a person interested in Millard’s disappearance and death on Monday evening.
Derrick Perkins, 45, was arrested in Baton Rouge nearly a week after cops released a photo of the suspect they wanted to speak to regarding Millard’s case.
While it’s still unclear who might have wrapped Millard’s body, Morgan said there was “a level of respect” in the act.
He said that “there is a level of respect and commemoration that happens with [Millard’s] body.”
Morgan believes Millard’s death was not related to an act of violence.
“If it was something that was related to an act of anger and animosity towards an individual, they would take the body, drive down the road and dump that body as if it were something less than human,” explained Morgan.
He added: “But with this you have someone who took time to get a piece of plastic and wrap the body.”
Millard was last seen Feb. 22 after going to a Louisiana State University basketball game and Happy’s Irish Pub downtown with a customer.
During the search for her husband, Millard’s wife, Amber, recalled how Millard FaceTimed her to show him the seats he and his client had bagged for the game.
“It wasn’t something that I thought would be my last call,” Amber told WXIA.
He was seen leaving the bar around 11:30 p.m. that evening and was captured on guard as he walked to the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, where he was staying, about a two-minute walk away.
His client sounded the alarm for Millard after they were supposed to meet at a building site the next morning at 8am.
At 9 a.m. local time, there was still no sign of Millard, and the guest decided to go to the hotel and request a checkup, his wife Amber told WXIA.