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Body found under Abbeville house


An alarming discovery in Abbeville Wednesday, where police found the body of a man underneath a home.

Authorities say the body of the unidentified man—a black male—was found underneath a house on Ninth St. around 2 p.m.

The parish coroner's office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

"I kept smelling a scent, like an odor around, so I said ‘let me go look in the back.' I went to the back porch, where they tearin' her porch down and I didn't see nothing. I seen the flies. The flies took me to where it was by the barrel. So, when I looked by the barrel, something said, stoop down. When I stooped down, I saw two legs and some shoes," says Lorraine Bessard, who found the body.

Bessard believes she knows the identity of the body she found underneath her cousin's house, two doors down.

"To my knowledge he's not from this area, he's from across town," says Bessard.

Abbeville Police say they still don't know the identity of the body and, as of yet, aren't ruling it a homicide. They are awaiting the autopsy report from the coroner.

"We're not happy about it. We're just saddened by it. Whatever we can do to help resolve the matter. We pray that we can. Just pray that somebody will come forward. If somebody seen something, please come forward," says City Councilman Wayne Landry.

Although police are not yet considering the case a homicide, Councilman Landry says homicides in Abbeville have become more frequent over the last couple years.

"We trying our best to come together to resolve these matters. These homicides, if it's a homicide. Bring some light to this darkness," says Landry.

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