Murdered woman found near roadway; car burned in neighboring town

Murdered woman found near roadway; car burned in neighboring town

LORANGER, LA (WAFB) - A woman was found dead on the side of a road in Loranger. Deputies say she was murdered and her vehicle, which had been set on fire, was found in a neighboring town.

According to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, the body of 27-year-old Heather Cox was found shortly before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on Briarpatch Cemetery Road in Loranger.

"Deputies responded...[to] reports that a vehicle may have struck a pedestrian and the victim's body was laying near the roadway, unresponsive," notes a press release. "Upon arrival, detectives determined that the female...was the victim of a homicide and not a pedestrian fatality."

Cox was shot once in the upper torso. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Meanwhile, deputies responded to a separate incident of a vehicle on fire on Hwy. 1054 in Independence, LA," the report continued. "A 2006 Nissan Sentra was found completely burned in a grassy area right off the highway."

Officials say they have not identified a suspect for this case.

If you know anything about this incident, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 554-5245.

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