GOLDEN MEADOW, La. -- Lafourche Parish authorities say a woman's partly nude body has been found in woods near Golden Meadow, one day after a severely beaten and partly nude woman was found in a Thibodaux cane field.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Lesley Hill Peters says officials don't know if the killings are related. She says the dead woman apparently left a Galliano bar with four men, and the 43-year-old beating victim was last seen leaving a truck stop casino in Larose with one man.
Peters says the body of 33-year old Angela Laudun of Cut Off was found late Saturday morning.
She quotes Coroner's Office Investigator Mark Goldman as saying she had facial injuries and may have been strangled. The Jefferson Parish coroner's office will conduct the autopsy.
"Given the events of the last two days, no one should get into a vehicle with a stranger and everyone is encouraged to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement," said Sheriff Craig Webre. "In both cases, we believe the crime was actually committed in a different location from where the victims were located. We're continuing to focus our efforts on the south Lafourche area. We'll be working around the clock to develop leads and using forensic evidence to help identify the person or persons responsible for these crimes. If you see someone going into or coming out of a remote area late at night, try to get a license number or a description and immediately call 911 to file a report so that we can follow up on it immediately. It might just be that one "piece of the puzzle" that prevents another tragedy," added Webre.