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Sheriff's Office investigating homicide in Moss Bluff

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - He called 9-1-1 and said he killed his wife. Now a Moss Bluff man is in jail charged with her murder. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to 929 Sam Houston Jones Parkway around 11 p.m. Sunday night and discovered Treasa Baumberger, 48, dead in the master bedroom. After being interviewed by detectives, Jon Baumberger, 48, was arrested for 2nd degree murder.

"We believe this is the result of a domestic dispute. You know he has been cooperative, but based on his statements and interview we felt like we had enough to charge him with 2nd degree murder," said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  

The Baumbergers were newlyweds and hadn't been in Southwest Louisiana. Natives of Tennessee, they moved to Moss Bluff in July after getting married.

According to investigators the couple shared this home with a roommate. The roommate was at work Sunday night. He declined to go on camera, but he tells 7 News he's known Baumberger for about 10 years and said in his time living here with the couple he had never witnessed any type of domestic violence. Still investigators are searching whether it might have been an issue in the past.

"You know our victim is deceased so we can't get her side of the story. We're only getting his side of the story that's where we take what he's telling us and the evidence we find at the scene and we try to put the two together," said Mancuso. 

Meanwhile the Sheriff's Office is relying on the Calcasieu Coroner's Office to determine the exact cause of death.

"There is no bullet holes or stab wounds, that we are aware of. So that leads us to believe she may have been struck, broke her neck, suffocated or strangled," said Sheriff Mancuso. 

Authorities aren't ruling out whether drugs are alcohol may have played a role. Toxicology tests are also pending.

Baumberger remains jailed tonight on a $250,000 bond.

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