The bodies found in two separate, early morning vehicle fires Tuesday along rural roadways in Lafayette Parish were a man and a woman, an official with the Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday, releasing the first details to emerge in a still unfolding mystery.
Sheriff’s Office Capt. John Babin said autopsies were completed Tuesday. But he said information on how they died and who they are is not yet available, as DNA or dental records that would confirm the identities are still pending.
“We want to make sure we are 110 percent sure that the person is who we think it is,” Babin said.
A Lafayette woman told KATC-TV she suspects the woman is her daughter, whom she identified as 23-year-old Ashley Metz.
Carla Dean told the news station one of the burned cars is her daughter’s. Dean said she last heard from her daughter in a text message sent before the bodies were discovered.
“The text she sent to me was, ‘Mama I know you’re always hard on me. I listen to everything you tell me,’ and she said, “I think about it every day, so I’m young, I’m growing, I’m still learning but I would never disappoint you and just remember, God has me,’ ” Dean said.
Babin said detectives have spoken with people who may be related to the victims but have not confirmed the victims’ identities with those people.
“We don’t know for certain until we do our due diligence,” Babin said.
He said detectives also have not established a connection that might link the two deaths.
Carencro firefighters found the first body around 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.
At 3:30 a.m., Scott firefighters responded to a second vehicle fire with a body inside near the 400 block of Old Spanish Trail, about a half-mile south of Cameron Street and west of Scott.
That location is about 12 miles from where the Carencro fire occurred.
Advocate writer Billy Gunn contributed to this report.