Discovery ID hosting special on Jeff Davis 8

Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were found in rural Jeff Davis and Acadia...
Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were found in rural Jeff Davis and Acadia Parishes
Updated: Jun. 7, 2019 at 6:26 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The mystery of the Jeff Davis 8 began in 2005 - over a period of four years, eight bodies were found, seven in Jeff Davis Parish and one in Acadia Parish.

Discovery ID will be premiering a four-part special called “Death In The Bayou: The Jennings 8,″ from 10 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16.

Before you tune into the Discovery ID special, watch KPLC’s special on the deaths of the woman here.

May marked 14 years since the body of the first woman was found.

On May 20, 2005, a fisherman discovered the body of Loretta Chaisson Lewis in a canal off Highway 1126. She had been seen alive three days before, but her body was too decomposed to determine a cause of death. Authorities said drugs and alcohol were in her system.

The second victim was identified as Ernestine Daniels Patterson, whose throat was cut. She was is found in a canal off Highway 102, June 18th, 2005.

A year and nine months later, the nude body of victim three, Kristen Gary Lopez, was discovered by a fisherman in a canal off Highway 99. The body was too decomposed to determine a cause of death but authorities said that drugs were also found in her system.

Victim four was Whitnei DuBois, found May 12th, 2007, on a rural road. Her body was also too decomposed to determine cause of death.

Then on May 29th, 2008, a police officer found the body of 23-year-old Laconia “Muggy” Brown with her throat cut.

On September 11th, 2008, hunters found the body of victim six in a dry irrigation canal. The body was identified as Crystal Shay Benoit Zeno who had been asphyxiated.

Two months later, victim seven, 17-year-old Brittney Gary went missing. Family and friends searched for Brittney, but it ended tragically November 15th, 2008. Her body was found in a field of Highway 1126. Authorities ruled it a homicide via asphyxiation and mixed drug intoxication.

August 19th, 2009, the body of victim eight, Necole Guillory was found, off Interstate 10 in Acadia Parish. It was ruled a homicide, caused by asphyxiation.

While there have been no breakthroughs Sheriff Ivy Woods says the cases remain open and that they check out any information received.

There is nothing official connecting the deaths or confirming they stem from a serial killer. But Woods says whenever a serial killer is arrested, they check for a possible connection.

According to Sheriff Wood’s predecessor, Ricky Edwards, there is nothing new to report as far as the investigation goes. Edwards did tell KPLC that DNA testing of law enforcement remains ongoing to rule out the possibility that an officer may somehow be involved in the murders.

Kindra Brown, sister of Laconia “Muggy” Brown, the fifth victim found, said she would like investigators to give her an update on how the investigation is progressing. Brown said no one from any of the agencies investigating the mysterious deaths has called her or her family with new information.

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