UPDATE: Baton Rouge Lab Identifies Catahoula Parish Human Remains

UPDATE 07/10/14: Catahoula Parish Sheriff James Kelly confirmed to KTVE/KARD a lab in Baton Rouge positively identified the human remains found in a shallow grave near a cornfield off Louisiana Highway 425 on June 26th.

Kelly said the results came to his office from the LSU FACES Lab just hours ago.

The remains have been identified as those of 29-year-old Gwen McIntosh of Sterlington.

According to Kelly, McIntosh has been missing since Father's Day weekend.

Her remains had been found just a few miles north of Sicily Island.

Authorities now claim McIntosh is a murder victim.

Kelly said the sheriff's office will now proceed gathering more evidence to find a link between the identity and the two suspects in the case.

Both of those suspects, 36-year-old Daniel White of Ouachita Parish and Leah Pontiff of Catahoula Parish are both in Kelly's department's custody.

White had been arrested the day McIntosh's remains were found, charged with being a fugitive from justice.

According to Kelly, they are also being assisted by the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Department, who is investigating video evidence from local businesses that could develop more leads on White's relation to the case.

We will bring you more details once we receive them.


UPDATE 06/02/14: Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb confirmed to KTVE/KARD his department is currently following up on several leads in an area in Franklin Parish that could be related to the Catahoula Parish female human remains discovered on June 26th.

Cobb said the leads could point to further evidence pertaining to one of the suspects in the case, 36-year-old Daniel White of Ouachita Parish.

White was arrested last Thursday by Ouachita Parish deputies and charged with being a Fugitive from Justice. He was then released to Catahoula Parish's jurisdiction.

The other suspect in the case, Leah Pontiff of Catahoula Parish, was already in that sheriff's department's custody by the time of White's transferal.

Catahoula Parish Sheriff James Kelly said his department is now waiting for the LSU FACES Lab to determine a positive identity of the remains.

Those remains were found beside a cornfield a few miles north of Sicily Island.

We will bring you more details once we receive them.


UPDATE: The identities of the two suspects in custody have been released: 36-year-old Daniel White of Ouachita Parish and Leah Pontiff in Catahoula Parish, according to the Catahoula Parish Sheriff.

According to OPSO Booking records, White was arrested on Thursday, charged with being a Fugitive From Justice. He has been released to Catahoula Parish's jurisdiction.

Deputies say it could be several weeks before the FACES Lab confirms the victim's identity.

According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, the victim found in Sicily Island is a female.

Cadaver dogs have swept the scene. No other bodies were found.

At the moment, law enforcement is trying to set up a command center.

As more information is released, we'll add more to this article.


CATAHOULA PARISH (KALB) -- Catahoula, Terrebone, and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Offices, as well as the Louisiana State Police, are investigating a burial site found about five miles north of Sicily Island.

According to Sheriff James Kelly, an unidentified person called the sheriff’s office during the evening of June 26 about the site.

Deputies found that site off Louisiana Highway 425. They have been on the scene since then and have uncovered human remains.

Sheriff Kelly says the departments are treating the case as a homicide.

Two suspects are in jail in connection to the case. One person of interest is being held in Ouachita Parish on an unrelated charge. The other person is being held in the Catahoula Parish Jail.

Mary Manhein of the LSU FACES Laboratory is on the scene working to help identify the body.

The sheriff’s office tells KALB they don’t know the identity of the body.

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