Police said the woman found in a field on Saturday has been identified as Brooke Ashley Crawford, 30, with no known address.
Crawford was found partially nude and shot multiple times near the 1500 block of Gracie Street about 12:30 p.m. Police have said she was probably shot the night before.
No further details about her death have been released, and no family members could be reached for comment. But police and residents said the secluded area has been a site for drug-dealing and prostitution.
“Nobody goes back there,” said April West, gesturing at the patch of woods from her home. She added that when driving, she takes care to avoid passing by the area. “If you see someone at night, you know what they’re there for,” she added.
Just a few days before Christmas, West said, someone tried to break into her home and fired several shots through the house, piercing the walls and striking cabinets and the refrigerator. Fortunately, her small children were not home at the time.
Another neighbor, Yolanda Dailey, said she is scared to go to sleep at night because she fears someone could climb in through her window. She also avoids driving by the wooded area. “It’s crazy for something like that to happen in your neighborhood,” she said.
Officials investigating arson of vacant house
A Monday morning fire being investigated as arson destroyed a vacant house in a north Baton Rouge neighborhood.
Firefighters responded to the 5300 block of North St. Gerard Circle, which is west of Airline Highway and north of Evangeline Street, shortly before 10 a.m. and found half of the house engulfed in flames, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.
Firefighters controlled the fire quickly to prevent it from spreading to adjacent houses. No one was injured in the blaze, Monte said.
“The home had no power or any type of ignition source that would have caused the fire,” Monte said.
The Fire Department asked anyone with information about the fire to call (225) 354-1419.
Authorities book 2 on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
Michelle Olano, 37, 5630 Pluma Lane, Brusly, first-offense DWI and driving over the median.
Arnold Pahal, 52, 38224 Sunshine St., Gonzales, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
To talk to a crime reporter, call (225) 388-0369.