HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) – A missing Baton Rouge couple was found dead in Hammond, according to police. Police say the two victims have been identified as Denis and Suzanne Duplantier
Officials say the initial autopsy reveals the Duplantier’s were strangled to death.
Officials are searching for a 2007 white Chevrolet truck with license plate number C287533. They are looking for two people of interest in the case.
Police say it does appear the couple was kidnapped from their home in Baton Rouge. Police believe the victims were driven to Hammond. Police have the identity of the two people wanted for questioning, but are not releasing the names at this time.
The Baton Rouge Police Department confirmed the two bodies found in the backseat of a pickup truck at a truck stop near I-12 in Hammond were a man and woman kidnapped from Baton Rouge. They were found at the Petro truck stop on Southwest Railroad Avenue. Investigators said the couple could have gone missing Sunday.
Police in Baton Rouge said they received a call around 10:15 p.m. Monday to make a welfare check at a home on Highland Road near Lee Drive. Responding officers reported finding the house open. They added the homeowners and their vehicle were missing.
“Investigators at that point called ONSTAR about the missing vehicle and ONSTAR was able to give them a location,” Lt. Jonny Dunnam, a spokesman for BRPD, said. “That location was in Hammond. They contacted Hammond police and Hammond police went to the scene, where the vehicle was located and they have since taken over the investigation.”
Investigators with BRPD said there was no sign of a struggle in the home. Police sources said the safe inside was open.
Louisiana State Police reported troopers responded to the truck stop and are assisting Hammond police officers. Lt. J.B. Slaton with LSP said the scene was cleared early Tuesday morning.
The investigation is ongoing.
If you have any information on this crime, you are urged to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.