WALKER, La. (BRPROUD) — The Walker Police Department identified a missing woman whose body was found Thursday morning.
The Walker Police Department said the body of Sarah Santini, 60, of Walker was found off LA 63 just north of Livingston in a rural area near the woods on a dirt road. Santini was believed to have been missing since Oct. 7.
Police said investigators got information that Santini had possibly been killed in her home. Officers went to Santini’s home and found evidence that someone had been injured. No victim was found at the home and Santini’s vehicle was gone, police added.
“Our detectives found evidence that gave us concern that someone had been hurt inside the home,” said Walker Police Chief David Addison. “But without a victim or any witnesses, we were unable to determine what had happened or who was involved. Accordingly, our detectives immediately began an investigation.”
After interviewing family, detectives identified a suspect in connection to Santini’s disappearance and they were booked into jail on unrelated charges. Police did not release the suspect’s identity in its Thursday afternoon news release.
A BOLO was placed for Santini and her missing vehicle during the investigation. The vehicle was found in LaPlace on Thursday, Oct. 12. Officers reportedly found more evidence of foul play after a search of the vehicle.
“Without some great detective work and a lot of diligence and dedication, it could have been a long time before the victim was located,” said Addison.
If anyone has information that could help authorities, contact Capital Region Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867 or the Walker Police Department at 225-664-3125.