Deputies arrest husband accused of dumping wife's body in Whiskey Bay

Deputies arrest husband accused of dumping wife's body in Whiskey Bay - 10 p.m.
Published: Apr. 29, 2016 at 6:57 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2016 at 1:58 AM CDT
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Jonathan Allee (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jonathan Allee (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)

IBERVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators have arrested a suspect in connection to the death of a woman whose body was found dumped in Whiskey Bay.

Detectives with the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office confirm they have arrested Jonathan Allee, 28, and charged him with second-degree murder in connection to the case. Sheriff Brett Stassi said Allee is the victim's husband but they did not share a last name.

The body of Elizabeth Ferrell, 29, of Humble, Texas was discovered by a fisherman Saturday, April 23 at roughly 11 a.m. An autopsy was conducted and it was determined that she died from strangulation.

Sheriff Stassi said they believe her body was thrown from I-10 between the Ramah and Whiskey Bay exits the day before her body was discovered.

The sheriff said many people use those waterways to dump bodies, which is why Iberville Parish works many cases of bodies that are found.

After interviewing more than 20 witnesses in Humble, Texas, detectives believe Allee is the only suspect in the grisly crime.

"Through some electronic cameras, video and his own words, we have brought it down and have enough to arrest him for second degree murder," Stassi said.

It is believed Ferrell was killed before her body was thrown from I-10 into the waterway near the Whiskey Bay exit.

"I think the evidence proves that she was dead prior to hitting the water in Iberville Parish," said Stassi.

Detectives are still trying to piece together exactly what led up to the murder. Allee has no criminal history, but investigators believe the violence stemmed from the couple's rocky marriage.

"There's always in these kind of relationships she was gone leave, she wasn't gone leave, then she's back you know. Whatever was the last straw to break the camel's back allowed her to be in his grasp and she was killed," Stassi said.

Allee was arrested at his home in Humble, Texas around 3 p.m. Friday by the Harris County Sheriff's Office, though he has yet to confess to the crime.

"He didn't confess to anything he just said some things that sometimes it's not what he said sometimes it's what you don't say," Stassi added.

The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office will work to get Allee extradited to Louisiana so he can face charges.

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