East Feliciana Sheriff's deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man Thursday in the unlawful disposal of the remains of Kimberly Howe, whose body was found Nov. 26 in a wooded area near the intersection of Nesom Road and La. 63.

Gabriel Lachney, 42, was also arrested on a count of obstruction of justice, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. 

Authorities said Lachney, of 11558 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, is accused of transporting Howe's body from his house to the spot where it was later discovered. 

Chief Criminal Deputy Greg Phares said in a statement that deputies are awaiting the results of tests from the Coroner's Office, which will establish her cause of death and allow them to determine whether her death was a homicide. 

East Feliciana Sheriff Jeff Travis praised the work of detectives that led to Lachney's arrest.

"Tragically, we had four deaths in about five hours on Nov. 26 between Ms. Howe and the deaths on Plank Road," he said in a statement. "Due to excellent work on the part of our investigators, we learned the circumstances of those deaths and made arrests in all of them in less than two weeks."

Authorities have said they do not believe that Howe's death is linked to another incident that same day in East Feliciana that left three people fatally shot inside a house on Plank Road. However, Travis has called Howe's death "suspicious."

He said previously that all records indicate Howe, 41, was not a resident of East Feliciana Parish. He said her driver's license listed her address in Prairieville, but investigators could not confirm that location. 

Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate, email policereporters@theadvocate.com or call (225) 388-0369.