The St. Landry Parish Sheriffs Office says the man whose body was found Tuesday in a vehicle submerged in a lake is that of the suspect in the kidnapping of a woman found in that same lake. Autopsies on both bodies will be performed later this week.
Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said in a short press conference on Tuesday that during the investigation into a woman's body found in Lake Dubuisson on Monday, tracks found at the scene directed investigators to a submerged vehicle. The woman was identified on Tuesday as 21-year-old Lia Ali Kazan of Shreveport.
Investigators say the body of 30-year-old Anthony Michael Murray, of Elmer, was located inside a 2007 Ford Taurus.
Guidroz said that on Sunday "a local fisherman decided to exit I-49 and try his new rod and reel before heading out to Toledo Bend for a fishing trip. While casting on the bank of Lake Dubuisson, the local fisherman noticed a black object floating in the water and was able to hook it and bring it to shore. Inside the black object (a purse) was personal items including a driver's license and cell phone" belonging to Kazan.
"Dragging operations began the next morning and within four hours, the body of the female victim was recovered," Guidroz said.
Alexandria police are assisting with the investigation, which began with a search for Kazan, who was reported kidnapped Sunday from outside an Alexandria motel.
Alexandria detectives were able to identify the male suspect and obtain a warrant for his arrest.
“This investigation is complicated, as well as tragic,” said Alexandria Police Chief Neal Bates. “Our detectives spent days finding witnesses, locating and evaluating evidence, and then were able to identify the suspect in the kidnapping. However, within a short time, both the suspect and the victim were dead and we are left with many questions."