UPDATE: Possible recovery of safe contain rare coins from Gonzales double homicide
POSTED: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 6:22pm
GONZALES, LA (NBC33) — THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: Sheriff Jeff Wiley says they found a safe in Livingston Parish a little while ago that resembles the one that they're looking for related to the rare coins stolen from the home where a double homicide occurred.
The safe was found in a remote area off of Highway 63 by the Frost exit. The safe was empty and had been torched from the bottom.
Deputies will take it to the crime lab to be processed tonight.
Officials say they are not sure if this is the safe that they're looking for but Sheriff Wiley says he likes their chances.
ORIGINAL STORY: Concerned citizens continue to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office regarding information about rare coins that were stolen from the scene where a double homicide occurred and shocked the community.
Sheriff’s Deputies went to a home on Babin Road in Gonzales late Saturday night and found Robert Marchand, 74, and Douglas Dooley, 50, both dead. They say they also found Shirley Marchand, 72, critically injured. She's in a local hospital.
During the investigation the Sheriff’s Office discovered that some rare coins were stolen from the home, leading investigators to believe that the suspect responsible for the shooting may have known the victims or made contact prior to the incident.
Due to the number of inquires regarding the coins, the Sheriff’s Department released pictures of those missing items.
The Sheriff’s Department also reassures citizens in the area that they have increased officer presence and response time in response to this incident. They say they will continue with the increased patrols for the foreseeable future.