CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The body of a young woman was found this morning in Cameron Parish along Sweetlake Camp Road.
Cameron Parish Sheriff Ron Johnson said the body has been identified as a Lake Charles woman, but is not yet releasing her name.
Johnson said there are no obvious signs of trauma, but investigators are treating the death as a homicide. Calcasieu crime scene investigators are assisting.
A school bus driver saw the body in the tall grass on the shoulder of the road about 7:13 a.m. The area is remote with no homes in sight and little traffic.
“Oh it’s rural, there’s pasture land, cattle land, rice farming, that type of thing," Johnson said, asking anyone with information to come forward. “Please notify us. It’s out here on a road, there is a few residents further south. Where she is, there’s no residents in the immediate area except for a camp a little bit further south, there’s some residents. If they saw any traffic, anything like that, anything unusual, any cars that’s unusual anything like that. We’ll be checking the logs to see what all was logged down last night.”
The body is being taken to the Calcasieu Forensic Facility to determine the cause of death. Johnson says it is believed the body was there less than 24 hours, increasing the chance of identification. Deputies worked in the rain, collecting evidence.
“It appears to be a younger, white female, adult size, slender," Johnson said. "We do not know what the cause of death is. That will be revealed by the coroner’s office. We’re very optimistic about getting an ID on the body.”
Johnson asked anyone with information or who thinks they know someone who has gone missing to contact the Cameron Sheriff’s Office at 337-775-5111.