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Houston law firm releases statement in Arby's employee death

Le's family is now being represented by Paul Skrabanek of Pierce Skrabanek in Houston, to further investigate.
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Posted at 3:50 PM, May 19, 2023

A Texas woman was found dead in the freezer of a New Iberia fast food restaurant on May 11 who was later identified as 63-year-old Nguyet Le.

Le's family is now being represented by Paul Skrabanek of Pierce Skrabanek in Houston, to further investigate.

The Houston based law firm issued the following statement:

A shocking discovery was made at an Arby’s restaurant in New Iberia, Louisiana, a city located roughly 132 miles away from New Orleans. A 63-year-old woman, mother, and store manager was found dead inside of the freezer. She was later identified as Nguyet Le from Texas.

Investigators have stated that foul play is not suspected, but the accidental death still appears to be suspicious. According to Captain Leland Laseter of the New Iberia Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, “A situation like this is unusual, so we’re taking extra precautions during the investigation.”

Nguyet Le’s family has hired Paul Skrabanek of Pierce Skrabanek in Houston to help investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the potential negligence that led to such a disturbing end for their loved one. The offices of Pierce Skrabanek can be reached online or by phone at (832) 690-7000 for any information regarding this case, or for similar circumstances in need of representation."

“We are honored to represent the surviving children of Ms. Le arising out of this tragic event that should never have occurred."
Statement from attorney Paul Skrabanek
Body Found in Arby’s Freezer: What Do We Know Happened?Here are the current details available regarding the discovery of Nguyet Le’s untimely death:

  • Le’s body was found by an Arby’s employee Thursday night on May 11th during regular business hours around 6:20 PM.
  • The location was the freezer at the New Iberia Arby’s at 1120 East Admiral Doyle Drive — it is not currently known how long Le was in the freezer before her body was discovered.
  • Le was pronounced dead at the scene by the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office, and investigators confirmed Le worked at the fast food restaurant as a manager.
  • No foul play is suspected in her passing, but the precise cause of death is still unknown and awaiting a full autopsy.
  • Arby’s corporate communications team has released a statement: “We are aware of the incident that took place at our franchised location in New Iberia, LA. The franchisee is cooperating fully with local authorities as they conduct their investigation. Due to this being an active investigation, we defer any further comment to the police department.”
While the police captain has stated that the situation “seems like an accident,” questions still linger surrounding how Le’s death occurred and why the discovery of her body took so long. Other staff members at the Arby’s have been interviewed in this ongoing investigation, and the coroner is still working to determine the official cause of death.
Attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek

New Iberia Police officers and Acadian Ambulance were called to the Arby's Restaurant located on Admiral Doyle Drive around 6:19 p.m. on May, 11, according to Sgt. Daesha Hughes, spokesperson for the New Iberia Police Department.

Police say an employee discovered the woman who is a manager for Arby's in the freezer unresponsive. The Iberia Parish Coroner's Office responded to the scene and pronounced Le dead.

The Arby's Restaurant released the following statement:

We are aware of the incident that took place at our franchised location in New Iberia, LA. The franchisee is cooperating fully with local authorities as they conduct their investigation. Due to this being an active investigation, we defer any further comment to the police department.

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