PONCHATOULA, LA (WVUE) - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating an arson in Ponchatoula that left an 89-year-old woman dead. It's the fifth homicide of the year.
The victim, Dorothy Poche, died around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 on School Section Road.
Witnesses told authorities they heard a loud booming noise, stepped outside and saw lights from a vehicle exiting a nearby roadway and the victim's home on fire.
Investigators with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office say they found the evidence of an accelerant used to fuel the fire.
Tangipahoa deputies identified an Abbeville resident, Timothy Rouchon, 26, as a person of interest in the case. He is currently in jail in Livingston Parish on unrelated charges.
They also say the victim's green Mercury Marquis was discovered abandoned later that same night in Bogalusa, LA.