Help us find Glenn Lemoine's murderer
A cross still rests near the area where Lemoine's body was found in August 2010. His cause of death has remained a mystery, until now. Back in January, the family exhumed Lemoine's body and hired an independent pathologist to perform a second autopsy.
And on Friday, the families' private investigator, John Abdella, released the findings, which ruled Lemoine's death as a homicide.
"This is a big finding and adds to the heartache and disappointment the Lemoine family has," said Abdella. "There's no way to describe that."
The initial autopsy, performed in Jefferson Parish, ruled Lemoine's death as "undetermined." However, the new autopsy concludes his death was due to "violence of undetermined means" then cited blunt force trauma to the head and spinal cord.
The family has spent over $10,000 of their own money for the second autopsy. They're hoping this will open the door to a more thorough investigation. Abdella says he's sent the findings to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office and the district attorney.
"We hope we can get a break in this now," said Abdella. "We're going to work honestly, diligently, and as courageously as possible."
In the meantime, the Lemoine family says they're coping with the news and plan to speak about the findings soon. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office and the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office were unavailable for comment Friday.
MORGAN CITY, La. -- The results of a second autopsy indicate that Glenn Lemoine's manner of death was a homicide and cause of death was violence of undetermined means, according to the pathologist who performed the autopsy.
Lemoine's body was found in the Charenton Canal Aug. 9, 2010, two days after his abandoned car was found in a ditch on U.S. 90 East near the casino. He was last seen leaving Cypress Bayou Casino shortly after 3:30 a.m. Aug. 7, 2010.
Lemoine's family hired private investigator John Abdella, who spoke with a woman that talked to Lemoine after his car got stuck in the ditch about a mile from the casino, Abdella said in February. Lemoine told the woman he was "OK" and was going to make some phone calls, Abdella said. Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene about 10 minutes later, and Lemoine had left the scene, he said. The woman did not see Lemoine leave because it was extremely dark on the road, Abdella said.
Lemoine's manner of death and cause of death were originally ruled undetermined by St. Mary Parish Coroner Dr. F.H. Metz after the autopsy was performed in Jefferson Parish.
Metz stands by his finding of undetermined cause and manner of death.
The 60-year-old Lemoine of Patterson left behind 11 children. His family had his body exhumed in January to have another autopsy performed.
Board certified pathologist Dr. Adel Shaker performed the second autopsy on Lemoine's remains Jan. 31 in Jefferson County, Ala., and ruled the manner of death a homicide and cause of death violence of undetermined means. One of Lemoine's daughters, Denise Bailey, provided the autopsy report to The Daily Review.
In the report, Shaker found blunt and sharp force trauma to the head and neck. He found 4 inch by 3 inch lacerated wounds and 2 inch by 1 inch lacerated wounds in the left parietal-occipital (left and back) region of the skull. He also found tiny sharp force wounds, from one-quarter of an inch to three quarters of an inch in length, in the right parieto-occipital region of the skull, according to the report.
"There is clear separation at the level of cervical vertebra 5 surrounded by hemorrhages," Shaker stated in the report. "There are subdural hemorrhages between thoracic 1 to thoracic 4 of the spinal cord."
Shaker concluded in his report after performing the autopsy and looking at all the information and evidence available to him stating, "It is my opinion that the deceased died due to undetermined means of violence on his body, and the manner of death is best classfied as homicide. The previously performed autopsy failed to reveal any cause of natural or accidental death," he stated in the report. "A thorough and dedicated investigation and more sincere effort should be exerted by the local law enforcement based upon all these findings, circumstantial evidence and clues," Shaker stated.
Metz said, "In light of the recent autopsy, we have reviewed our autopsy findings, and it has been discussed with the pathologist that did the autopsy. And we do not find any reason to change the cause and manner of death. It's my responsibility since my signature is on it to work through the pathologist and also with the law enforcement. As the coroner, I cannot say for sure the cause of death of Mr. Lemoine. And, therefore, since I cannot conclude what the cause of death is, I have listed it as undetermined, both from the standpoint of the manner of death "¦ and the cause of death."
Metz said from looking at other reports from the sheriff, there is no evidence "of any foul play," he added. Metz said he disagrees with the manner of death being ruled homicide. "I don't find any evidence of a homicide," he said.
"I'm very sympathetic to the family's situation," Metz said. "But I can't come up with anything different."
"The location of the body inside the water without any sure sign of drowning supported by the previously and second performed autopsies in addition to the evidence of blunt force injuries to the head and thoracic spinal cord supplemented by the toxicological and histopathological analyses confirm my opinion," Shaker stated.
"A thorough and dedicated investigation and more sincere effort should be exerted by the local law enforcement based upon all these findings, circumstantial evidence and clues," he concluded in the report.
Bailey said Shaker did a microscopic examination during the autopsy, which was not done in the original autopsy according to records she viewed from the Jefferson Parish Coroner's office where the autopsy was performed, she said.
The family paid $10,000 to have the microscopic examination and autopsy performed, Bailey said. "In our hearts, we knew something happened to him from the beginning," she said.
Bailey said at the time Lemoine's body was found, Bailey was told by people with the sheriff's office that "they believed it was an accident."
The second autopsy report was sent to the sheriff's office and district attorney's office, Bailey said, but she has not heard back from either entity.
First Assistant District Attorney Bo Duhe of the 16th Judicial District Court said the attorney's office has received the autopsy report from the Lemoine family, but he is not allowed to comment on pending investigations, he said.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Traci Landry stated the following in an email, "The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office continues to engage in an ongoing investigation regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of Glenn Lemoine in August of 2010. The coroner's report indicated an undetermined cause of death. Because of this determination, the Sheriff's Office's investigation is open as to the cause of death.
"The Sheriff's Office has and will investigate all leads in this matter. Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, the Sheriff's Office cannot comment on particular evidence or the details surrounding the case."
Bailey said the family will continue going to the higher authority in the criminal justice system "until it's done."
Abdella asks anyone with information surrounding Lemoine's death to contact him at 337-235-0270. The family continues to offer a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Lemoine's death.
Please help us! Even if its just by reporting! You never know who may know a tiny clue that would mean a huge difference
I am wondering why the family have not contacted a reliable physic. They seem to have been very helpful in helping certain police in past murders.
I too just watched Dr. Phil.and I have questions. Who did he call for help that night? Why was he found 2 miles away? Did he start walking? What side of the road was he found on? Did his car have any damage? If someone ran him off the road why did he have the time to make calls? What jewelry did he have on his left hand? Did his injuries occur to the back of his body? Could he have been hit by a car? If he was robbed of his casino money why did he not say so on his 3 calls from his phone? who did he call? who did he borrow money from? where are the videos from the inside the casino? where is the money that he won? who did he tell he won that money? was it found on him and not reported? was he left handed? was his hand actually cut off? why was the body so decomposed? what type of water was his body found in? is it possible there may have been some type of pollutants in this water that accelerated the decomposition? did the people who he borrowed money from ever identified? investigated? how bad was his gambling habit to have to borrow money to continue his gambling? what was his alcohol content? what time did he make the calls? did he go anyplace else after leaving the casino? just of a few questions I don't see any answers.
I saw the Dr.Phil show and googled to see if the murder was solved or any new information was found. Too bad the case is still open. I find it great that the sisters started their own investigation and maybe this helps: 1. Your father called 911 and said his car lied in a ditch. if someone ran him off the road or the situation was hostile, I think someone would say that during a 911 call. So when he ran off the road, the situation wasn't hostile. 2. There were 3 calls made at 4. Maybe the answer lies there. After he ran his car in the ditch, he made few calls on the bridge. One of them was 911 and maybe the other calls were to a person asking if someone can pick him up. And Kelle, no offense but in a murder case intuitive does not battle with facts. And the fact is that the sisters thought there was involvement because the mom only talked about money, which I can understand because (how hard it may seem), bills keep coming in, even during tragic events. And as for the brother: they found it weird he left early and he didn't get along with his dad that well. So do you really think that a person calls someone he argues with for help when he runs his car in a ditch? I think the son was the last person he would call. Again, I think the answer lies in the calls he made after he called 911.
After watching this on Dr Phil, it appears your father was a HIGH Risk person of being murdered but NOT by your brother and mother. Anyone that drinks (even a little) out in the night puts themselves in paths of DANGER. Just my opinion. Been there - done that.
I lost my daddy to cancer in January and even though I miss him so much, I know that he died a happy man. I am so sorry about the loss of your dad, and to not know what happened to him would devastate everyone who knew him. However, after watching Dr Phil and seeing your brother's mischievous grins, would only fuel my anger as well. I do sincerely hope that you and your family will find the closure that you all seek.
Kristen, still keeping you all in my heart and thoughts. To the other poster, Kellie, I don't think that is an appropriate thing to say but especially on a public forum.
I pray for justice for Mr. Glenn. The family is in my thoughts and prayers everyday.
there's something seriously wrong here. I am very intuitive and as crazy as it seems, can actually see things that have happened in the past. Continue on and you will find out what happened to your father. Your mother and brother are not innocent. I'm not sure how they passed the lie detector test, but there is something going on here.