Foul play suspected in Morgan City woman’s death

On October 01, 2018 @ 10:10 am, the Morgan City Police Department responded to a reported Medical Emergency at a residence located at 1200 Walnut Drive in Morgan City, Louisiana. Officers arrived and discovered a female resident, Patricia Lyn Russo, 70 years of age inside the residence. Emergency personnel was dispatched to the scene, however it was determined that Ms. Russo was deceased.

Morgan City Police Department investigators were summoned to the scene to assist and attempt to determine a cause of death. Morgan City Police Detectives arrived and encountered evidence which warranted further investigation. Detectives and officers preserved the scene for investigative purposes.

The St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office was notified and summoned to the scene. Morgan City Police Department investigators worked to contact immediate family members and caregivers.

Investigators discovered in their initial assessment that circumstances and evidence existed that indicated the possibility that foul play may have been involved. The Morgan City Police Department is continuing the investigation until a cause of death has been determined by the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office.

The body has been turned over to the St. Mary Parish Coroner and an autopsy is pending.

The Morgan City Police Department out of concern and notification of immediate family members, and to reduce any jeopardy of the investigative efforts, says they cannot release any further details at this time. Whatever is revealed as the cause of death, whether suspicious or natural, there is no indication that this incident was a random act. They are asking the public’s cooperation, to contact the Morgan City Police Department Detective’s Division if you have any information that may assist investigators and for those homeowners that possess home video surveillance systems in the area to contact the Morgan City Police Department Detectives Division and provide some basic information that may assist investigators.

Anyone with any information regarding this or any other crime, please contact the Morgan City Police Department Detective’s Division at (985) 380-4605.