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Detectives continue to investigate death of Larose woman

Detectives continue to investigate death of Larose woman

An autopsy has been performed on the body of a 44-year-old Larose woman who was found December 22 in a Thibodaux sugarcane field, authorities said.

Rani Pinel was found dead inside her father’s truck parked in a sugar cane field located along Lasseigne Road in Thibodaux.

Angie Matherne, an investigator with the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office, said an autopsy was conducted Monday.

“The autopsy has been done, and everything is pending the investigation and toxicology at this point,” she said. “We haven’t gotten the preliminary results back yet.”

Investigators believe foul play was involved.

Pinel’s family had reported her missing earlier in the day on Saturday, December 22. She was last seen on Monday afternoon and had contacted her father on the morning of December 18. She had told her father she had traveled to Texas for a funeral.

Through investigation, detectives located Pinel’s father’s truck in a sugar cane field a few hundred feet from Lasseigne Road with Pinel’s body inside.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Brennan Matherne said Pinel’s death is being investigated as a homicide until proven otherwise.

“Investigators believe this to be an isolated crime of violence against the victim,” Matherne said.

Matherne said detectives are collecting and processing evidence found at the scene but declined to provide further details due to the nature of the investigation.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with any information in this case is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.