Abbeville Police identify body found in truck

ABBEVILLE, La. (KLFY) – Police have identified the body of man found in a truck last night in the 700 East Oak Street as 61-year-old Eric Stansbury of Vidor, Texas.

Lt. David Hardy said the cause of death is unknown at this time but the investigation is being treated as a homicide.

Police are investigating a possible second vehicle that was spotted on the property with the victim’s truck.

Anyone having information about this investigation is asked to call the Abbeville Police Department at 337-893-2511.

Late Tuesday night a body was discovered in a suspicious vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds and now Police are searching for answers.

The body of 61-year-old Eric Stansbury was found dead inside of a blue Ford F-250 Tuesday. The vehicle was found parked in vacant lot in the 700 block of East Oak Street leaving residents in the neighborhood shocked.

“No, it’s not normal. Crime has really been down in this area and to hear this is very shocking and scary,” said a resident.

Abbeville Police, Lt. David Hardy said residents notified the owner of the property that a suspicious truck was parked in the yard.

“The actual owner of the property called in a complaint of a vehicle parked on her property. Officers went there and observed a 61-year-old white male deceased in the vehicle.”

Hardy said Stansbury, a Texas native, has no ties to Louisiana.

“He is from Vidor, Texas. We have made contact with his family. No reason for him to be here in Abbeville so we are looking into that .”

A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the neighborhood has been quiet for the last few years.

“The murder around Vermilion has really ceased a whole lot and now to find out that someone has been murdered in Abbeville that has no connection to Abbeville is very shocking.”

Lt. Hardy says a second vehicle was also reported on the property.


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