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Feb 26, 2010 8:12 AM

No stab or gunshot wounds found on woman's body

HOUMA, La. (AP) Investigators are still working to establish the cause of death in the case of a young mother whose body was found in Terrebonne Parish.

Coroner's investigators found no gunshot or stab wounds on the body of 26-year-old Merell Stewart of Gray.

Stewart was missing for about four days before officers found her remains Tuesday in about a foot of water near U.S. Highway 90 and Louisiana Highway 20, according to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois said an autopsy was performed Wednesday. Investigators will prepare a toxicology report on Stewart, which could take weeks to complete.

A sheriff's spokesman said investigators are withholding certain details about Stewart's death while they interview suspects.

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com

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