MOSS BLUFF, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's detectives continue to investigate the death of 19-year-old Sierra Bouzigard. Her body was discovered the morning of November 29, 2009 on the side of John Koonce Road. From the start, investigators say this hasn't been an easy case.
"It took us approximately 12 hours just to identify our victim," said Lt. Les Blanchard. "That's a lot of time before we could move forward with our investigation and start putting together a timeline where our victim was in the 72 hours before her death and who she came in contact with."
According to Blanchard, hours before Bouzigard was murdered off John Koonce Road she was seen alive at home on Victoria Drive in Moss Bluff between the hours of midnight and 2:30 a.m. The Calcasieu Coroner later determined she died of blunt force trauma to the head. More than a year later no arrest has been made in the case, but evidence collected at the scene includes a DNA profile of a potential male suspect.
"The problem is we have identified that DNA profile. We know that it belongs to a male who we believe is going to be the suspect in the case," said Blanchard. "We have actually examined 40 samples, individual comparison for DNA, none of which have matched."
Among those eliminated, 11 illegal immigrants working in the area - all believed to have had contact with Bouzigard in the hours before her death. All of the 11 illegal immigrants have since been deported, but investigators believe there may have been more.
"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.
For Sierra Bouzigard's family it's another year of not knowing what happened.
"She may not have made the right choices sometimes, which we don't always do, but I believe her death won't be in vain. She didn't have to die that way," said Dana Bouzigard, Sierra's mother.
Investigators don't believe the murderer is still in the area and say with his DNA profile now uploaded in a national database it's just a matter of time before science catches up with him.
"We feel that we've been very thorough up until this point and we feel that we have made a conscience effort coming in contact with everybody we know of that she had contact with. Obviously there is an unknown and that is our challenge at this point is identifying that unknown individual she had contact with," said Blanchard.
If you have information that can help this case, call the Sheriff's Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. Mark Clark is the lead detective on this case.