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Autopsy: Man and woman found in lake drowned

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An autopsy report shows that both the man and woman found dead in a St. Landry Parish lake drowned, according to Major Eddie Thibodeaux, spokesman for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office.

"On Sunday, December 10, 2017, a local fisherman decided to exit I-49 and try his new rod & reel before heading out to Toledo Bend for a fishing trip," said Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.  "While casting on the bank of Lake Dubuisson, the local fisherman noticed a black object floating in the water and was able to hook it and bring it to shore.  Inside the black object (purse) was personal items including a driver's license and cell phone belonging to a woman from the Shreveport area.  A call was made to our office and detectives were dispatched to retrieve and examine the purse and its contents.  Dragging operations began the next morning and within four hours, the body of the female victim was recovered." 

Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said in a short press conference on Tuesday that during the investigation into a woman's body found in Lake Dubuisson on Monday, tracks found at the scene directed investigators to a submerged vehicle. The woman was identified on Tuesday as 21-year-old Lia Ali Kazan of Shreveport. On December 10, 2017, Alexandria Police responded to a report of a missing woman from a motel in the city. According to St. Landry deputies, the woman had not returned to the location since the previous night. Reports pointed towards a possible kidnapping, a press release states. 

According to the release, Alexandria Police learned the Kazan had been kidnapped from the motel by a white male.  Evidence from the motel indicated, deputies say, show that she was kidnapped from the parking lot and taken from the scene in her own car.  Detectives were able to identify the male suspect and obtain a warrant for his arrest. Investigators say the body of 30-year-old Anthony Michael Murray, of Elmer, Louisiana, who they determined was the suspect in the kidnapping of Kazan was located inside Kazan's 2007 Ford Taurus.

At this time, the kidnapping investigation is being headed by the Alexandria Police Department, while the death investigation of the male and female are being headed by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.  While the two investigations are connected, both departments are following jurisdictional guidelines dictated by Louisiana law.

“This investigation is complicated, as well as tragic,” said Alexandria Police Chief Neal Bates.  “Our detectives spent days finding witnesses, locating and evaluating evidence, and then were able to identify the suspect in the kidnapping.  However, within a short time, both the suspect and the victim were dead and we are left with many questions.  Detectives from both agencies are continuing to investigate to find the answers to these questions.  I want to thank Sheriff Bobby Guidroz and his deputies at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office for everything they have done to help with this case.  We will continue to work with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office to explore every lead that develops.”

Thibodeaux stated that more tests are being conducted on their toxicology. 

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