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RPSO provide update on 30-year-old Alexandria cold case

Deputies have recovered evidence consistent with human remains
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Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 17:53:50-04

Rapides Parish Sheriff's Deputies provided an update today on the investigation into the 30-year-old homicide case of two Alexandria women.

Deputies executed a search warrant today, October 22, at an undisclosed location near the residence of Robert Brunson Blair. Blair, 71, was arrested last week in reference to two counts of First Degree Murder relating to the deaths of Isabelle Mansell Blair and Marian Elizabeth Coutee.

Deputies said that on October 10, the vehicle in which 34-year-old Blair and 31-year-old Coutee were last known to have been traveling was discovered submerged in a pond located near the residence of Robert Blair.

During the search of the vehicle, "items of evidence consistent with human remains were collected."

Police added that assisting in the investigation are representatives of the LSU Repository for Missing and Unidentified Persons, also known as "The FACES Lab," Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office, and the Rapides Parish Coroner's Office.

The investigation is still ongoing.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, you are asked to contact Detective Randell Iles at 318-473-6727 or Crime Stoppers at 318-443-7867.

To read our previous story about this case, click here.