SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The discovery of a decomposed body in a Shreveport parking lot may help Caddo Parish sheriff's detectives close a month old missing persons case.
Shreveport detectives who arrived at the scene notified their counterparts in Caddo Parish. According to Lt. Bill Rehak with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, the vehicle matched one belonging to a 44-year-old woman reported missing June 27th.
Shreveport Police Department spokeswoman Kacee Hargrave says investigators believe the body is that of 44-year-old Michelle Gouthiere, but an official identification from the coroner's office has not been made.
Hargrave says a passerby discovered the body after 9 a. m. Tuesday in a car that was parked near Summer Grove Baptist Church. The passerby noticed a flat tire and then looked in the window where he saw the body, she said.
"She was lying in the back seat on her back," Hargrave said. "There didn't appear to be any obvious trauma."