NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans homicide detectives are investigating an empty sailboat and a missing woman, but Commander Jeffrey Walls says they haven’t made any conclusions.
He says, “This could be a horrific accident or it could be a real crime.”
Spokesman Aaron Looney says police consider 32-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux (TIB-uh-doh) a missing person.
Walls spoke to reporters Tuesday about the investigation.
The Coast Guard reported Monday that Thibodeaux was missing but 43-year-old Michael Lee Farley had been found after an all-night search of Lake Pontchartrain (PONCH-uh-trane).
Walls won’t give details, but says Farley’s account has been consistent.
Co-workers tell WVUE-TV Thibodeaux moved recently from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
Walls says Thibodeaux and Farley had been dating.
Her sister, Nikki Thibodeaux-Dowden, disputed that in a text message to The New Orleans Advocate .