Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office has announced the arrests of Wanda Gail Gordon, 40, and Tobias Lamont Williams, 27, both of Leesville.

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office has announced the arrests of Wanda Gail Gordon, 40, and Tobias Lamont Williams, 27, both of Leesville.

The arrests are the result of an extensive investigation which began September 23, 2016 after Jonathan Ellis, age 40, of Leesville, was reported missing by family members.

Ellis was an active duty service member stationed at Fort Polk and his family reported last speaking to him during the evening hours of Sept. 19, 2016.

VPSO detectives and agents from the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Command at Fort Polk, worked a joint investigation into Ellis' disappearance.

During the course of the investigation, Gordon and Williams were both identified as persons of interest in the case.

An investigation into a complaint of a vehicle theft led to a warrant being obtained on Gordon for the theft of the vehicle, which was unrelated to the Ellis case.

Gordon was located and taken into custody on the outstanding warrant from Vernon Parish by law enforcement officers in Tyler, Texas, on Oct. 18.

Detectives and CID agents traveled to Texas and Gordon signed extradition and was transported back to Vernon Parish on the same day she was taken into custody.

Detectives attempted to interview Gordon in relation to the disappearance of Ellis, but she refused to cooperate in the investigation.

Detectives located Williams and several interviews were conducted over a period of time with Williams in relation to the whereabouts of Ellis.

Williams indicated to Investigators Ellis was in fact the victim of a homicide.

Williams led detectives to a location in the area of East Hawthorne Road, where he indicated Ellis’ body was disposed.

VPSO detectives, Fort Polk CID Agents, Vernon Parish coroner personnel, LSU Faces Lab personnel from Baton Rouge, personnel from the Shreveport Fire Department K9 Search and Rescue Task Force, which included a cadaver dog, responded to the location.

The area was meticulously searched and forensically processed for evidence.

The K9 handler and cadaver dog were able to identify numerous locations in a wooded area for forensic processing.

The location was diligently searched over a 2-day period and remains were located in several areas at the location.

Personnel from the LSU Faces Lab were able to immediately confirm the located remains were in fact human.

After further investigation, Gordon and Williams were each arrested and charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of obstruction of justice. Bond for each was set at $3 million by Judge C. Anthony Eaves. Both remain in the Vernon Parish Jail.

Ellis’ truck was recovered at a location in the area of Jeane Chapel Road early on in the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and could result in additional charges in the near future.

Craft would like to express his gratitude and appreciation to all of the agencies involved in this investigation.

The professionalism, hard work, dedication and combined efforts of these agencies led to the arrests of the persons responsible for Ellis' murder.