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12-13-07, 08:33 AM #1
On my way to work yesterday
Bodies found alongside I-12 were gunshot victims
Posted by St. Tammany bureau December 12, 2007 11:28AM
Two bodies were discovered in separate locations alongside Interstate 12 in western St. Tammany Parish Wednesday morning.
Both victims had been shot, and St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating the case as a double-homicide, Sheriff Jack Strain said.
The sight of numerous law enforcement vehicles at the crime scene investigation caused massive traffic jams along I-12 during morning rush hour, but those backups had dissipated by 9:45 a.m., with only a momentary slowdown at the scene.
A passerby called State Police at 6:37 a.m. after seeing one of the bodies. Deputies found both of the bodies about 40 feet off the highway, a few miles apart along the westbound section of I-12 between Louisiana 21 and the Tangipahoa Parish line.
Both victims were Hispanic men, Strain said.
Strain said the time of the discovery would mean the bodies would have been left on the side of the interstate at a period that normally sees heavy traffic. Strain is asking that anyone who saw anything out of the ordinary contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office with any information that could aid the investigation.
No motive for the shootings has been identified and deputies have no suspects so far, Strain said at mid-morning.
"It is somewhat bizarre," Strain said. "It is not uncommon for bodies to be dumped, but is unusual for them to be dumped along such a busy road in such visible sight."
One of the bodies was found about a half-mile west of the I-12/Louisiana 21 interchange. Deputies covered it in plastic to shield it from view of passing motorists as they searched the crime scene. Coroner Peter Galvan was on the scene along with Strain and numerous investigators, and authorities removed the body about 9:30 a.m.
The second body was found west of the I-12/Louisiana 1077 interchange, less than a half-mile from the Tangipahoa Parish line.
The shootings likely happened within a vehicle, and anyone who might have noticed the gunshots or seen a vehicle with shot-out windows should call the sheriff's cime lab at (985) 898-2354, Strain said.
Morning traffic had snarled in all directions, with the right lane of westbound I-12 blocked and rubberneckers in the eastbound lanes slowing at the site of numerous patrol cars at the crime scene. In addition to the investigation, an accident on eastbound I-12 over the Tchefuncte River slowed traffic as gawkers slowed to look at the scene.
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