Man killed in Zachary home over the weekend was strangled and stabbed to death, coroner says _lowres

Robert Noce in a 2012 booking photo from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Robert Noce, the 47-year-old man found dead in his Zachary home on Saturday, was strangled and stabbed to death less than two weeks after he began serving probation for a sex crime involving a child.

Noce, who was found about 7 p.m. Saturday inside his residence at 3021 S. Vernon Road, pleaded no contest to carnal knowledge of a juvenile on June 22 and began serving a five-year term of supervised release, according to court records. Noce was initially indicted in 2013 on an aggravated rape charge involving a child under age 13.

His attorney, Drew Louviere, declined to comment.

No arrests in the homicide have been made, and there are no suspects, said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks. The Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy on Monday.

Zachary Police over the weekend handed over the probe to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, which sometimes occurs depending on the complexities of a case, Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said.

Residents along South Vernon Road, a rural area of Zachary, over the weekend said they didn’t know what happened to their neighbor, who had been living in the area for about five or six years.

One neighbor said Noce mostly kept to himself and that he had not seen him since Thursday.

Anyone with information about this death is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000. Crime Stoppers also is offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867.