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WESTWEGO, La. - A woman whose body was found in a ditch in Westwego by a passing motorist Sunday was stranged, according to the coroner's report.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman John Fortunato said the woman, identified Monday as 37-year-old Nicole Messon of New Orleans, was killed by asphyxia due to strangulation. He said the case is now being investigated as a homicide, but there are no suspects or motives known.

Sheriff Normand said officers responding to a 911 call found the unidentified woman lying near a ditch wearing blue jeans, a black shirt, black tennis shoes and black socks.

Her body was found in the 11000 block of Nicolle Blvd. in Westwego.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111.
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