BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The double murder of a husband and wife, whose family name dates to the origins of Baton Rouge, has police casting a wide dragnet Tuesday night.
Missing from their home on Highland Road since Sunday, authorities found their bodies Tuesday in Hammond. As the investigation continues, neighbors say their sense of comfort and their sense of safety took a big hit.
Baton Rouge police knew something was wrong when they arrived at the Highland Road home of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier around 10:15 p.m. Monday.
"They noticed that the door was unlocked and open," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD. "They went inside and the individuals that were supposed to be there were not there and their vehicle was missing."
Police say the call from a worried relative also led them to find an open safe, missing cash, but no evidence of a forced break-in.
Using the pickup's OnStar GPS system, police say they were able to locate the vehicle at a truck stop in Hammond. The Duplantiers were found strangled in the backseat.
"I think that's terrible. I just would like to know how things like that can happen in this day and age," said 92-year-old neighbor Edna Wilson.
BRPD investigators remained at the Duplantiers' home until early Tuesday afternoon, working the abduction scene for over 15 hours going back to Monday night.
Hammond Police then took the lead on the case, about the same time some neighbors were just learning the tragic news.
"We get less safe as the days go by I think," said Gail Kinney.
"It reminds us that bad things can happen anywhere," said Carol Gordan.
"You know, we feel so secure and now things like this just happen," said Wilson.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.