Family of missing N.O. woman speaks out after her body is ID'd

Family of missing N.O. woman speaks out after her body is ID'd

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A body found in Lake Pontchartrain earlier this month has been identified as that of a missing New Orleans woman. Estelle Webb's family had hope that maybe she would be found alive, but instead of a homecoming, they now have to plan her funeral.

"She was a great person, she was very sweet, outgoing," said Webb's niece, Derice Bailey. "It's heartbreaking because, you know, we weren't - you would have never expected this to happen to her."

"We have closure now and we thank God for that, but I just hope that the person who did it, they get caught," said another niece, Cassandra Thompson.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that DNA test results showed that a body found in Lake Pontchartrain on May 4 was, in fact, 88- year-old Webb. She was last seen at her Hollygrove home on April 28, and on May 8, the NOPD named Lovezella Bartholomew a person of interest in the case. Bartholomew was Webb's tenant.

Emile Hampton was Webb's friend for more than 50 years. He said she was a good person who would do anything for her neighbors.

"I could just cry about it," Hampton said. "She was real nice, knew me well. Anytime she needed help she would call me, and anytime I wanted to get something to eat or something, she would feed me. She was nice. She was nice to everybody."

Investigators in St. Charles Parish said the NOPD is treating Webb's death as a homicide.

"We want justice, we want answers, we want to know why," Bailey said.

If you have any information that can help police, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. You could be eligible for a reward. Your tip can be anonymous and you don't have to testify in the case.

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