Remains of Missing Woman Found
The remains of Dorothy Eyvonne Rosier of Pineville, missing for almost three years, have been positively identified after hunters found them in November in an area just off LA 8 west of Jena, according to LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin.
Rosier was reported missing in January 2010. At the time of her disappearance, all of her possessions were left behind, according to published reports.
Detectives from both the LaSalle and Rapides Parish Sheriffs’ Offices began investigating Rosier’s case as a homicide. Rapides Parish Sheriff, William Earl Hilton, recently announced that an arrest had been made in the Rosier homicide case.
Sheriff’s Detectives in Rapides Parish arrested Paul Jackson, 61, of Alexandria. He was taken into custody and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on charges of second degree murder and obstruction of justice. He is being held without bond. The investigation is ongoing.
“Finally the family will have a little more closure to this case,” Sheriff Hilton said. “In a cold case, you go back to zero and start over and run down every lead and that’s what our detectives did. They have put in a lot of man hours and worked long into the night … to make this arrest.”
Franklin said a hunter called the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office on the day before Thanksgiving after walking upon the remains in a wooded area about five miles from Jena.
The remains were positively identified with the help of the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing People FACES lab at LSU in Baton Rouge. The LaSalle Sheriff’s Office had called the team from FACES to the site near Jena when the remains were found NOV 21, 2012.
When she disappeared, Rosier was 25 years old and had three young children. There also was speculation that Rosier’s disappearance might be connected to the disappearance of another Pineville woman, Amanda Stroud, who disappeared on the same day – January 9, 2010.
Stroud’s body was found floating in Kincaid Lake on January 26, 2010, by a fisherman. Investigators later determined that, although the women may have had some mutual acquaintances, there was no evidence to suggest the cases were connected.
Sheriff Hilton expressed his appreciation to Sheriff Franklin and his department for their assistance and continued cooperation in the investigation of this case.
Anyone having any information on the disappearance of Dorothy Eyvonne Rosier is urged to contact the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office at 992-2151, or the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office at 473-6700.