A missing Baton Rouge couple was found dead in Hammond, according to police.
The Baton Rouge Police Department confirmed the two bodies found in a vehicle at a truck stop near I-12 in Hammond were a man and woman “abducted” from Baton Rouge. They were found at the Petro truck stop on Southwest Railroad Avenue. Investigators said the couple could have gone missing Sunday.
Police have not identified the victims, but court records show the homeowners, as of the 2014 tax roll, were Denis and Susan Duplantier.
The Hammond Police Department is leading the investigation. Police Chief Roddy Duvall will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. to release additional details. The news conference will air live on WAFB and will be streamed live online and on mobile.
Police in Baton Rouge said they received a call around 10:15 p.m. Monday to make a welfare check at a home on Highland Road near Lee Drive. Responding officers reported finding the house open. They added the homeowners and their vehicle were missing.
“Investigators at that point called ONSTAR about the missing vehicle and ONSTAR was able to give them a location,” Lt. Jonny Dunnam, a spokesman for BRPD, said. “That location was in Hammond. They contacted Hammond police and Hammond police went to the scene, where the vehicle was located and they have since taken over the investigation.”
Investigators with BRPD said there was no sign of a struggle in the home. Police sources said the safe inside was open.
Devall said autopsies are underway to determine how the man and woman died. He added the victims will be identified once the coroner completes the autopsies, which is expected later in the day.
Louisiana State Police reported troopers responded to the truck stop and are assisting Hammond police officers. Lt. J.B. Slaton with LSP said the scene was cleared early Tuesday morning.
The investigation is ongoing.