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UPDATE: Homicide Not A Factor In Woman’s Death

Girard Park, google maps
Girard Park, google maps

Update: The Lafayette Parish Coroner says 21-year-old Alexandria Shelton, a Grambling student, did not die as a result of a homicide or foul play, according to a statement given to our news partners at Louisiana Radio Network. Her death has been ruled as an accidental drowning as Lafayette Police continue to investigate.

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Update: LPD Cpl. Paul Mouton says the woman has been identified as 21-year-old Alexandria Shelton.

Detectives have now identified and interviewed the two male subjects that located the victim’s phone.  The subjects were able to provide investigators with specific information regarding the phone’s location.

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A 21-year-old woman was found dead overnight near the pond in a drainage ditch at Girard Park in Lafayette.

Lafayette Police responded to the 400 block of Girard Park Drive regarding a missing person’s report around 12:10 a.m. Spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton says a complainant told officers that the victim, who was a friend, was supposed to meet them on Stewart Street in Lafayette, but never showed up.

Cpl. Mouton says the complainant last spoke with the victim at around 8:30 p.m., then three hours later a male subject answered the victim’s phone when her friends called her, telling them he had found the phone in Girard Park. That’s when the friends went to the park, recovered the phone from two male subjects and found the woman’s vehicle. Then police arrived and found the victim’s body.

Cpl. Mouton says investigators have not yet determined the cause of death.

 

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