Employees at a New Iberia, Louisiana Arby's found the shock of their lives when they were working their regular evening shift and found a dead body in the freezer. Police were called last night to the Arby's located at 1120 E. Admiral Doyle Drive in New Iberia's Lagniappe Village shopping center.
Reports say that the body was that of a woman who worked at the fast food restaurant and her death may have been an accident, the lead homicide investigator says.
“So it was an employee that discovered the female deceased inside the cooler, (and) the deceased is an employee of the restaurant,” New Iberia Police Capt. Leland Laseter told News 15 in an exclusive interview at the scene.
While police called the case a "suspicious death," the investigator told News 15 that initial indications don't point to any foul play.
“A situation like this is unusual, so we’re taking extra precautions during the investigation," explained Laseter, who heads up the Criminal Investigations Division of the police department. "(We) pretty much have completed our process at the crime scene. After completely processing the crime scene... this does not seem like a homicide, it seems like an accident.”
But he cautioned that those findings were preliminary, adding "nothing is set in stone yet."
The employees who were on duty were all questioned by the police but they do not feel that any of them had anything to do with the woman's death.
A coroner's vehicle arrived in the late night hours and took the body to the morgue for an autopsy to confirm the victim's identity and cause of death.