Murder victim's family offers $10,000 reward - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Murder victim's family offers $10,000 reward

MOSS BLUFF, LA (KPLC) -

What happened to 19-year-old Sierra Bouzigard? More than two and half years after her body was discovered dumped in Moss Bluff, Sierra's family is offering a $10,000 reward to generate new information.

Bouzigard's body was found dumped off John Koonce Road in Moss Bluff by a passerby on the morning of November 23, 2009.

"It's still hard. Not knowing and then the loss is still hard," explained Dana Bouzigard, Sierra's mother.

The case has had it's challenges from the beginning. It took investigators more than 12 hours to identify her body. The Calcasieu Coroner's Office would eventually make a positive I.D. using finger prints.

"It's just one of those complex cases. That was precious time lost. We didn't have any direction on who she was so we could begin the process of retracing her steps," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Investigators would later learn Sierra was in the company of at least 11 illegal immigrants who were working in the area just hours before her body was discovered. According to Mancuso all have been eliminated as suspects from a DNA profile found where the body was dumped.

"Obviously we know who our killer is... We have the DNA, but we have to match that to a live body. Could it be somebody from around here? - Yes. Could it be one of these illegal aliens that maybe had taken off before we had caught up to them when we realized where her last steps were? - Certainly that's possible," said Mancuso.

The endless possibilities of what happened to her daughter and why still haunt Dana.

"It's awful because things go through your mind. You can imagine what may have happened... How it happened and why. We just play these things over and over in our minds. Over and over again. There's no relief and no answers," said Dana Bouzigard.

Dana hopes the reward will encourage someone to come forward with new information that can solve the case.

"We feel like someone out there knows something. I know Sierra would want us to keep on going and find out who did this. I know she would not want us to stop," said Dana.

Though it may be cold with no new leads, Sheriff Mancuso said all it takes is one small clue.

"Even if you don't think it's important, but if you believe that somebody has told you something maybe in confidence... It's hard to keep this type of thing a secret," said Mancuso.

If you can help investigators with this case you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

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