Police treating woman’s body found in Bonnet Carre Spillway as a homicide

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NORCO, La. (WGNO) – Investigators with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office believe a woman was murdered after discovering a body in the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

Canadian National Railroad workers discovered the body west of the entrance canal to the lower section in the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway Wednesday.

An autopsy revealed that the body is an African-American woman between the ages of 45-60 years old. She is approximately 5’6 and 180 lbs, according to authorities.

The victim was wearing a red and white plaid button down shirt, a white undershirt and a blue sports bra.  She had no natural teeth.  She was found with Gold Capped Dentures on the top of her mouth, but no lower dentures at the time the body was discovered.

Investigators say the victim has no scars or tattoos, but evidence shows that she had undergone a full hysterectomy.

It is believed the victim’s body was in the water for approximately 2-3 days.

Sheriff Greg Champagne is asking for the public’s help in identifying this victim.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Chris Baird or Lt. Derek Pertuis at 985-783-1135 or 985-783-6807 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-877-903-STOP.  Citizen’s do not have to give their name nor testify and could receive up to $2,500.

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