Coroner confirms body found in lake was missing woman; cause of death remains under investigation

Coroner confirms body found in lake was missing woman; cause of death remains under investigation

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - The Orleans Parish coroner has confirmed the body of a woman pulled from Lake Pontchartrain on Tuesday was that of Sadie Thibodeaux, 31, who disappeared from a boat Sunday.

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The cause of death has not yet been determined and is still under investigation. The coroner's office is awaiting the full toxicology report, which could take up to two months.

Thibodeaux and a friend went for a sailboat ride on Sunday in Lake Pontchartrain, then decided to take a swim. Because their boat was not anchored, they lost sight of the boat. Thibodeaux's friend was found alive nearly 13 hours after crews found their unmanned sailboat.

One of Thibodeaux's friends contacted the United Cajun Navy, asking them to step in to help with the search and Thibodeaux's body was found Tuesday night.

The Coast Guard, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), and the New Orleans Police Department had been searching for Thibodeaux since Sunday.

Thibodeaux was originally from Baton Rouge and had just moved to New Orleans two months ago.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Healing Place Church Annex in Baton Rouge on Friday, August 10 at 3 p.m.

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