Mia West grew up in Chauvin and has family members who live in Terrebonne Parish, authorities said.
A body found in Raceland Saturday is believed to be that of a missing 43-year-old Metairie woman, authorities said.
Mia West had been missing since Oct. 7, and an investigation into her death is now underway, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
West grew up in Chauvin and has family members who live in Terrebonne Parish, authorities said.
About 8:30 a.m., a farmer harvesting sugar cane in a field along La. 307 found an abandoned car several hundred yards from the highway, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators responded and identified the vehicle as a red Nissan Altima that belonged to West.
Detectives searched the field and a wooded area near the car, authorities said. Deputies with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office provided assistance with the use of a helicopter.
West's body was found about 2 p.m. in a nearby wooded area. An immediate positive identification could not be made, but based on evidence and circumstances at the scene, detectives believe it to be West, authorities said.
“We are currently not sure how long she has been there, but we do know she was in the area on Oct. 7,” sheriff's Lt. Brennan Matherne said. “Given the circumstances, we believe it is possible she has been there since then.”
An autopsy is pending, and the Sheriff’s Office will work with Jefferson Parish detectives as the investigation proceeds, Matherne said.
Investigators have not ruled out foul play, Matherne said.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office announced Oct. 8 that West was last seen in the 3000 block of 40th Street in Metairie in a red 2017 Nissan Altima.
The Lafourche Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information to submit an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips may also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device.
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