Sheriff: One year later, Nanette Krentel murder investigation remains active

Updated: Jul. 13, 2018 at 5:06 PM CDT
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(WVUE) - On the one-year anniversary of the death of Nanette Krentel, St.Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said his department is still working to find her killer.

Krentel's badly burned body was found inside the remains of her Lacombe-area home after fire burned the residence to the ground on July 14, 2017. An autopsy conducted by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office in the days following the fire confirmed her cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head, and the death was officially ruled a homicide.

In March of this year, investigators cleared Krentel's husband, former St. Tammany Fire District No. 12 Chief Stephen Krentel, in her death.

Smith said the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is continuing to work with the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal and the FBI.

Smith said over the past 12 months, STPSO detectives have executed more than 20 search warrants, interviewed more than 30 people individuals and reviewed surveillance videos from multiple locations in an effort to develop information in the case. Investigators have not received any official determination of the cause of the fire from the State Fire Marshal.

"This is an active and ongoing investigation. I have the utmost confidence in our detectives to solve this case, and we will not stop our efforts until justice is served," Smith said.

The cash reward for information leading to an arrest stands at $10,000.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Detective Buckner at 985-726-7835, the Sheriff's Office at 985-898-2338, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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