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Coroner names victims found in Northshore wildlife refuge

"This is an ongoing investigation, and additional information will be provided as it becomes available," Capt. Scott Lee said.
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NEW ORLEANS — Two bodies were found Saturday, dead from apparent gunshot wounds in a car parked in a national wildlife refuge near Lacombe, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. 

Sunday, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's office named the two victims. Both from Covington, they were Qile Sanders, 21, and Sylvanus "Jed" Ellis III, 20.

The coroner has not determined if the deaths were a homicide, James Hartman, a spokesman with the coroner's office said.

Deputies found the car around 3:30 p.m. Saturday when a passerby contacted the sheriff's office about an SUV parked on Bremerman Road, inside the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

When deputies looked inside, they found the two victims, dead from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. 

Few details in the killings were released Saturday, but Sunday the sheriff's office said the investigation was ongoing and asked anybody with additional information to come forward by calling (985) 898-2338. 

Neither victim was identified Sunday afternoon. 

This is a developing story, and it will be updated with the latest information available. Stick with WWLTV.com for the latest news.

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