City police confirm identities of two deceased - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

City police confirm identities of two deceased

Posted: Updated:
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

City police have identified the two people found dead Wednesday in a duplex in the 100 block of Arlington Drive.

Sgt. Richard Harrell said 25-year-old Mia Katherine Trahan, of Lake Charles, and 32-year-old Kody Todd Fontenot, of Branch, were found shot to death inside the home at 164 Arlington Drive.

"At approximately 12:13 p.m. we received a call for a welfare concern in the 100 block of Arlington Street," Harrell said.

Kevin LaFleur, who lived next door to Trahan, spoke with KPLC about the incident.

"When I went to leave for lunch a little after 12, I walked out my door and there were three (officers) by my door," LaFleur said. "They told me to get back in the house and that's when I noticed there were like a hundred others."

LaFleur said police told him they were looking for the boyfriend of a woman that lived in the duplex next door.

"It was one of the craziest things I've ever been involved with," LaFleur said. "They had no idea if he was inside that home or if he was hiding around the neighborhood. So they were wandering all around my home and the home on the other side of me, all over the neighborhood really."

LaFleur said he didn't know the neighbors well, because they only lived there a few months.

"I'd wave to her every now and then when I'd get home in the evenings. And I believe she had a boyfriend that visited fairly often and she'd been there 3 or 4 months," he said.

Police have not confirmed the cause of deaths but several residents in the area told KPLC that police told them they were investigating a murder-suicide.

"The landlord for the house next door gave me a call, told me what was going on. He'd given them the floor plans to the home and keys to the home and that kind of thing and he was waiting to hear from me actually because I had a better view of what was going on," LaFleur said.

Police could not confirm if any weapons were found.

"The investigation is in its preliminary stages and it's ongoing right now," Harrell said.

While questions remain, neighbors say, "It's just a tragic, tragic event," said LaFleur.

Police issued a release at about 10 o'clock Wednesday evening saying the two deceased were found inside the residence from apparent gunshot wounds. They say the investigation is ongoing.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow