BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's a murder mystery that is almost a year old. Who killed Lindsay Ellixson and dumped her body in a river? The family is still trying to deal with everything as detectives try to put it all together.
The 8500 block of Tiger Bend as it passes over Claycut Bayou, just south of the Shenandoah area in East Baton Rouge, is normally a quite place.
That quiet place produced a horrible scene. On November 16, 2013, fishermen found a body in the river, later identified as 21-year-old Lindsay Ellixson.
Sergeant Richard Dequire with EBRSO/VCU says her body was dumped somewhere along the waterway. But where exactly? Over the bridge? When? There are so many questions about a young woman who bounced around a lot.
"She frequented Livingston Parish, Ascension Parish, Iberville Parish, specifically Plaquemine," said Sgt. Dequire.
But she wasn't really from here. She lived in the area about a year and a half. She is from the Orlando area. Her parents were shocked when the phone calls came in saying their daughter was found dead.
"They've been asking for every possible contact," said Chris Ellixson, Lindsay's father. "Where's she been, who's she been with? Places she's been, phone numbers she called us from?"
She was one of three kids, all adopted. Her two younger brothers, both Marines, are still trying to deal with the new reality; their big sister is dead.
The key now is filling in the gaps.
She was found November 16, but the last time family heard from here was far before that.
"The last time we know she spoke with her mother was November 3," said Sgt. Dequire.
So there is about two weeks that are unaccounted for. So far, no one knows where she was, who she was with, or what she was doing. Detectives are calling this murder particularly brutal and violent.
There are so many questions, and still so much held is needed for a woman her father called the leader of the pack when she was a kid.
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