Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office reopens 20-year-old cold case

Published: Oct. 7, 2015 at 2:46 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2015 at 8:14 AM CDT
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IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Though time can erode many things, like water eating away at the shore, one grisly secret has stayed intact in Iberville Parish through the march of 20 years.

Eugenie Boisfontaine, 34, was a student at LSU. She was last seen alive in June 1997 near the LSU lakes.

Two months after she went missing, her body was found in Bayou Manchac in Iberville Parish. She died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Leads in her case soon turned cold. A few years later, when convicted serial killer Derrek Todd Lee was stalking the Metro area, many suspected Boisfontaine could have been one of his early victims. However, that theory was never proven.

Two decades later, new technology and a new ally have given the old case new life.

"We've picked up some new leads," Sheriff Brett Stassi said. "We've developed some new evidence that wasn't available at the original autopsy. We're moving forward with that information."

The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office has teamed up with the Discovery Channel, which has opened the door to new resources like sonar and advanced DNA testing. In turn, the case will be featured in an upcoming new television series.

Investigators have also returned to the case's roots, interviewing old witnesses and approaching the investigation with a fresh perspective. Stassi said the latest interviews have produced some promising leads and at least one name they are looking into.

"No lead and nobody has been eliminated from this case," Stassi added.

While new technology can certainly decipher new leads, investigators are also relying on an old school technique. Fliers are hanging around the LSU lakes, asking the public for help.

"There may be some people who have information that they didn't think was information back then, but now they know it is. This case is solvable," Stassi explained.

Anyone with information is asked to call IPSO at 225-687-3553.

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