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.
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