MOSS BLUFF, LA (KPLC) - A passerby discovered the body of Sierra Bouzigard, 19, just off John Koonce Road in Moss Bluff, early on Nov. 23, 2009. Someone had beaten her to death.
Who that someone is remains a mystery two years later as Bouzigard's family prepares to spend another holiday without her.
One of the biggest setbacks early on in the investigation was identifying the body. "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 Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.
The coroner determined Bouzigard died from blunt force trauma to the head. She was last seen alive between midnight and 2:30 a.m. that same day at a house on Victoria Drive in Moss Bluff.
Among the items collected at the scene was a DNA profile of a potential male suspect.
"We have actually examined 40 samples, individual comparisons for DNA, none of which has matched," said sheriff's Lt. Les Blanchard.
Among the samples, Blanchard said, were those of 11 undocumented immigrants working in the area at the time of Bouzigard's killing. Detectives believe all the illegals had contact with Bouzigard in the hours before her death. All have since been deported, but investigators believe there may have been others.
"There is potential that there was a Hispanic male with that crew here working that may have fled prior to us coming in contact with them," said Blanchard.
Detectives say the DNA profile has been uploaded into a national database. Meanwhile anyone that can help the case is asked to call the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.