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

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

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

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

The Sheriff’s Office is 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.