Body found in burned car

Published 9:13 am Wednesday, October 14, 2015

At about noon on Monday, two women reported to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office their discovery of a burned vehicle in the woods near Louisiana Highway 16, west of the village of Sun.

The women had been in the area looking at an abandoned trailer nearby when they discovered the vehicle.

Sheriff’s office investigators, along with investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office and St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston’s office responded to the scene. The coroner’s office is analyzing human remains found in the vehicle. Positive identification of the individual is pending DNA analysis, which is expected to take up to a week. Cause and manner of death determination will be withheld pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Authorities have been searching since Sept. 20 for Nanette Me’Shell King since she went missing. She was last seen leaving work at the Bush Shell station, wearing a purple Shell uniform shirt, khaki pants and pink flip-flops.

The vehicle was transported Monday night to the crime lab for processing. Sheriff’s investigators continue to work with the State Fire Marshal’s office as they attempt to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

The vehicle was badly burned; however, investigators have identified it as a silver colored Mitsubishi. King was last seen driving a 2006 silver Mitsubishi Gallant toward Bogalusa when she disappeared.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with this incident.