Slaying victim identified after 14 years

A body found 14 years ago near an Augusta food bank has been identified as that of a missing Florida teen, and now police are asking the public for help in finding his killer.

Coroner Mark Bowen said Tuesday the teenager found Feb. 6, 2000, is Weshme Louissaint, 18, of West Palm Beach.
Bowen said the victim’s family made the connection through a national Web site that helps locate missing people.

Louissaint, who was shot once in the back of the head, was found at 3309 Commerce Drive near Golden Harvest Food Bank. He was wearing a black corduroy jacket, a FUBU jersey, carpenter jeans and FUBU tennis shoes. The coroner said he had apparently come to the Augusta area with friends.
Bowen said anyone having information about Louissaint or his death is asked to contact Sgt. Paul Godden at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, (706) 821-1080.
According to Augusta Chronicle archives, the body was found about 8 p.m. on a Sunday when an employee of the food bank was called to investigate a malfunctioning warehouse cooling unit. He found the body of the young black male behind the building on Commerce Drive.

The victim, now identified as Louissaint, was sent to the state crime lab for autopsy.
“The location that the body was found in was not a common area for human traffic,” then-Coroner Grover Tuten told The Chronicle. “Unless the air conditioner breaks down, there is no reason to go back there.”
Investigators at the time said they were not sure how long the body had been there.