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A Louisiana woman has been found dead under mysterious circumstances in a warehouse more than a month after she disappeared, and investigators believe foul play could be involved.
The decomposing remains of Jenna Quesnel were discovered in an empty warehouse in Metairie on October 6, but investigators aren’t sure how the 35-year-old got to the warehouse or why she may have been at the location.
“There was some evidence recovered at the scene that suggests the possibility of foul play, but her body was significantly decomposed when she was found so it hasn’t yet been ruled a homicide,” Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jason Rivarde told Oxygen.com. “The coroner’s investigation is still ongoing.”
Quesnel was last seen in LaPlace on September 2. Investigators believe she headed to Metairie the following day, according to a statement from law enforcement obtained by Oxygen.com.
Rivarde said investigators have also been able to determine that she was in the French Quarter in New Orleans on Sept. 1 visiting a friend.
She was reported missing several weeks later on September 16 by her mother, Rivarde confirmed.
Authorities are now trying to determine how Quesnel may have ended up in the warehouse and what she may have been doing there. They believe she likely died at the warehouse, but said her car had been found at another location. Investigators also suspect Quesnel likely died at least a few days before her body was discovered due to the level of decomposition of the body.
“We are currently searching for anything to help us lead us in the direction of her last few days and who she was around in those last days,” Rivarde told PEOPLE.
Investigators have not said how the 35-year-old died or what leads them to believe foul play could be involved.
Rivarde told Oxygen.com several personal items belonging to Quesnel were recovered at the warehouse along with the remains.
The body was found in the empty warehouse by an employee of the building’s owner who was checking on the building because of reports of an impending hurricane, Rivarde said. The warehouse was not in the “greatest condition” making it difficult to determine whether there had been a break-in, according to him.
“There were multiple access points to the warehouse that were unsecured,” he said.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office homicide division at 504-363-5300 or the local Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
“We have a whole lot more questions right now than answers, unfortunately,” Rivarde said.
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