Two people were found dead Tuesday in separate burning cars in rural roadways in Lafayette Parish in a mystery authorities were still trying to unravel late into the day.
Few details were released on the investigation, which began in the early morning hours of Tuesday when firefighters responded to two separate vehicle fires over a span of a little more than two hours.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the case, did not release any identifying information on Tuesday about the two victims. Capt. John Babin said autopsies to determine identifying information and causes of death for the two people had not been completed by late Tuesday afternoon.
“Until that is complete, we don’t even have that yet,” Babin said of the individuals’ identifications and suspected causes of death.
Carencro firefighters found the first body about 1:15 a.m. when they responded to a vehicle fire near the 100 block of Disett Road, a gravel road off of North University Avenue and about a mile from the Evangeline Thruway north of Carencro.
About 12 miles and two hours later, Scott firefighters responded to a second burning car with a body inside near the 400 block of Old Spanish Trail, about a half-mile south of Cameron Street and west of Scott.
Investigators had cleared both scenes by noon.
Detectives were exploring the possibility that the two cases are related, Babin said.
“That is something that is being looked into, but we can’t confirm that they are linked at this point,” Babin said.
Although no cause of death has been determined, the investigations add to a violent month in Lafayette Parish, with three people shot dead and two shot and injured in separate incidents in Lafayette in early June.