Investigators are analyzing human remains found in the woods Sunday in a burned silver Mitsubishi — the make and color of car driven by Nanette Me’Shell King, a Bogalusa woman missing since Sept. 20.
The car was discovered about noon in a densely wooded area near Sun by two women who were looking at a nearby abandoned trailer, said Capt. George Bonnett of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office and the state Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene. The “badly burned” car was taken to the Sheriff’s Crime Lab Sunday night, Bonnett said.
Several individuals are being interviewed, but no arrests have been made.
A spokesman for Coroner Charles Preston said it was too early to determine the identity of the person in the vehicle, though social media posts and speculation that it was King were rampant Monday when news of the discovery began to leak.
King, who lived in Bogalusa, was last seen about 1 p.m. Sept. 20 when she left her job at the Shell station in Bush, officials have said. At the time, she was wearing a purple uniform shirt, khaki pants and pink flip flops and driving a silver 2006 Mitsubishi Galant.
A subsequent search using boats, helicopters, all terrain vehicles and deputies on foot followed her disappearance, but was unsuccessful.
Follow Faimon A. Roberts III on Twitter @faimon.