The body of a woman was found on La. 42 in Ascension Parish early Saturday morning, Ascension Parish Sheriff Lt. Col. Paul Robert said.

Melissa Barrileaux, 26, no address given, was found on Highway 42 about midway between La. 44 and 431 around 4 a.m., Robert said.

Louisiana State Police initially worked the scene after being called to a reported crash, said Trooper Russell Graham of State Police.

The woman was hit by a car, but troopers determined the woman was dead before the car hit her, Graham said.

The Ascension Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident to determine the cause of the woman’s death.

Robert did not know what type of car hit Barrileaux.

Autopsy results are still pending for Barrileaux, Robert said..