Investigators on Tuesday released new details in the homicide investigation of a Hammond woman whose “charred remains” were found in her burning 2008 Ford Taurus in New Orleans last month.
Kimberly Bowman, 33, was last seen Oct. 19 leaving her Wardline Road home in Hammond, headed to the grocery store, according to a Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office news release.
Her body was discovered the next day. Though the car was on fire, an autopsy revealed Bowman died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
New Orleans police announced Monday they were turning over the investigation to the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office.
“Over the course of the investigation, detectives learned the homicide occurred in Tangipahoa Parish,” deputies said in the news release.
The Sheriff’s Office, however, on Tuesday was a little less certain about the case.
“It is unclear at this time where the actual homicide took place,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, New Orleans Police spokesman Tyler Gamble referred all questions to the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office, saying his department was no longer the lead agency investigating the case.
The Sheriff’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has joined the investigation as well.
The Sheriff’s Office said it believes “an arrest is imminent” but has asked anyone with information on the case to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 554-5245.