Coroner to ID body found in lake, family says it is woman who was on sailboat

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
August 08, 2018 - 6:33 am

A positive ID is pending on the body of a woman pulled from the lake.

"The NOPD and Wildlife & Fishers have recovered the body of an adult female subject in Lake Pontchartrain," according to a news release.  "A boater observed a body in the water about a 1/2 mile north of the westpoint and notified a Wildlife & Fishers vessel in the area." 

Police say the medical examiner has the body.

"The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will determine official cause of death and release the victim's name, upon completion of autopsy and notification of families."

Crews had been searching for 32-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux. 

NOPD Third District Commander Jeff Walls told reporters on Tuesday that homicide unit detectives are assisting in the investigation, but at this time they did not suspect foul play.

"At the end of the day this could be a horrific accident or it could be a real crime. That’s why we are processing, and taking the time that we are to make sure that we do the best that we can for Sadie."

Thibodeaux, a fitness instructor, recently moved from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. It's believed she was on the boat with 43-year-old Michael Lee Farley.  He was rescued Monday morning.
Police questioned and released Farley Monday afternoon.
Walls confirmed Farley and Thibodeaux had been dating.

"What we do is let the evidence guide us. So as we are going through our case and the evidence leads us in a different direction that’s how we’ll investigate it."

Key questions include determining how the couple ended up off the boat and how they got separated from one another.

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