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St. Charles Sheriff: Body found in lake is that of missing N.O. woman

Esther Webb (Source: NOPD) Esther Webb (Source: NOPD)
Lovezella Bartholomew (Source: NOPD) Lovezella Bartholomew (Source: NOPD)

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the body discovered in Lake Pontchartrain on May 4 has been positively identified as that of 88-year-old Estelle Webb of New Orleans.

According to the NOPD, Webb was reported missing by her family on May 6. She was last seen on April 28 around noon at her Hollygrove home in the 8700 block of Heaton Street. New Orleans police previously named Lovezella Bartholomew as a person of interest in the case. Bartholomew rented a room from Webb in the apartment above Webb’s home and police said Bartholomew may be driving Webb's red 2008 Pontiac G5 with the license plate SMA684

On May 4, work crews with the CN Railroad notified the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office of a body in Lake Pontchartrain just west of the entrance canal to the lower section in the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway in Norco.

The Louisiana State Police Laboratory positively matched DNA from the body and DNA collected from Webb’s personal items from her home.

New Orleans homicide detectives are taking primary lead in the investigation and will be assisted by St. Charles Parish detectives.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact NOPD or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-903-STOP. Citizen’s do not have to give their name nor testify and could receive up to $2,500.

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