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Coroner: Remains in burned car are those of missing North Shore woman

Me'Shell King (Source: Family Photo) Me'Shell King (Source: Family Photo)

A spokesman for the St. Tammany Parish coroner confirmed Tuesday that the remains found in a burned-out car are those of a missing woman.

Me’Shell King had been missing since Sept. 20. She was last seen leaving work at the Bush Shell Station on Highway 21 around 1 p.m.

On Sunday (Oct. 12), two women were in the area near Highway 16 looking for an abandoned trailer when they saw a burned vehicle with what appeared to be human remains inside.

The coroner released the following statement:

St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston has confirmed the burned remains found in a vehicle near Sun on Sunday belong to Nanette Me'Shell King, 41, of Bogalusa, who was last seen on Sept. 20.

Working with Sheriff's Office investigators at the STPSO Crime Lab, Coroner's Office investigators painstakingly recovered charred remains from the vehicle yesterday.  DNA Lab technicians worked around the clock to accelerate a positive identification, which was initially estimated to take at least a week.

"While this situation is a great tragedy, I am proud of our staff for the remarkable work they did to aid Sheriff's Office investigators and to bring closure to Ms. King's family," Preston said.

Coroner's Office staff continue to assist the sheriff's investigators in determining what happened to Ms. King.  Cause and manner of death have not yet been determined. 

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