Isaac Daniel Platt Johnny Tomlinson : “Arrest Made After Body Found Wrapped in Sleeping Bag, Tarp and Covered with Tires”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Arrest Made in Beaumont After Discovery of Body Wrapped in Sleeping Bag and Covered with Tires

Beaumont, Texas – A man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder after the decomposed body of a transient was found wrapped in a sleeping bag, tarp, and covered with tires late last month. Isaac Daniel Platt, a 34-year-old resident of Beaumont, was already in custody at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges when a first-degree murder warrant was obtained for him on Wednesday.

The victim, identified as Johnny Tomlinson, a 65-year-old transient from Beaumont, was discovered on October 29 in the area of Crockett Street/Avenue C, known for its transient camps. Beaumont Police responded to a call reporting a deceased person, and upon arrival, they located the decomposed body.

According to authorities, Tomlinson’s cause of death was determined to be strangulation. The investigation revealed that Tomlinson had been residing in the area with two other men, including Platt. An eyewitness informed the police that he witnessed an argument between Platt and Tomlinson, with Platt accusing Tomlinson of stealing his drugs. The witness left the scene and returned later that night to find Tomlinson missing but his bicycle still present. This was unusual as Tomlinson relied on his bicycle due to a medical condition that affected his mobility.

Further investigation revealed that the witness and Platt had a subsequent argument about the witness’s dog allegedly eating Platt’s food. During the altercation, Platt reportedly made a threatening statement, referring to Tomlinson and pointing to the area where the body was eventually discovered.

Detectives re-interviewed Platt, during which he made a statement about the crime and led investigators to the scene, where they recovered the murder weapon and other crucial evidence.

Platt is currently being held at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on a $950,000 bond. The case has been filed with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, and Platt is expected to face trial for first-degree murder.

The Beaumont Police Department has expressed their commitment to seeking justice for the victim and ensuring the safety of the community.

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