MOSS BLUFF, LA (KPLC) - "We got the call around 7:40 a.m. about a woman's body being found on the side of the road. At this time there's still a lot of unanswered questions," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.
More than 12 hours after a cyclist discovers a woman's body off John Koonce Road in Moss Bluff, some of those questions are now being answered. Late Monday evening sheriff's officials identified their victim as 19-year-old Sierra Bouzigard of Moss Bluff.
"Obviously this was one of the big steps we had to overcome was identifying the body and it took us most of the day and into the evening hours to do that. Now that we have that established... We can hopefully start putting the pieces together," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.
The Calcasieu Coroner's Office confirmed Buzzing's identity through fingerprints. According to preliminary autopsy results, officials believe she died from blunt force trauma to the head. However, Sheriff Mancuso says it may be weeks before they know if she was sexually assaulted and get a return toxicology results.
"We have our theories and thoughts, but certainly at this time, it really wouldn't be appropriate for us to release that until we can confirm if that did in fact or did not happen," said Mancuso.
Based on what they've found, the coroner's office also believes Bouzigard's body was there less than 24 hours. But as investigators track several leads they need to know where she was in her last days.
"It's important we ask the public for their help in trying to find out where here whereabouts were in the last 24 hours. Who she was with, where she frequented, where she went and that's why we are releasing her picture and asking for the public's help," said Mancuso.
The sheriff's Forensic Investigative Team collected several pieces of evidence. Right now they're keeping all possibilities open, but when asked about whether there was a connection to the unsolved murders of eight women in Jeff Davis Parish, Sheriff Mancuso would not draw any conclusions.
"We don't have anything right now that indicates that this has anything to do with the Jeff Davis 8, but I'm also going to say - I wouldn't rule it out," said Mancuso.
At this time investigators are following leads, but again they want to hear from anyone who may know where Sierra Bouzigard was in the last 24 hours. Anyone with information can call the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office at 491-3605. CPSO Detective Mark Clark is the lead investigator on this case.