Gonzales home invasion killings update

Staff reports
74 year old Robert Irwin Marchand and 72 year old Shirley Marchand.

Update on story: 2/20/12, 1:46 p.m.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley has said that all vicims were found with their throats slit, and that ech showed signs of bodily harm. No forced entry was obvious at the property.

According to Sheriff Wiley, an entire safe containing four coin sets valued around $500,000 was taken from the marchand home.

Sheriff Wiley has also stated that the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has received multiple citizen contacts regarding the double homicide. These calls were largely generated due to the gold and rare coins that were stolen. As to the case itself, we are currently following up on several leads and continue to interview any and all individuals who had remote contact with the victims. As a gesture of reassurance to our citizens and to  increase officer presence and response time, extra and targeted patrols have been initiated and will continue for the foreseeable future.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley reports two dead and one clinging to life following an apparent home invasion on Babin Road off of U. S. 61 in Gonzales.

In the late night hours of February 19, 2012 the Sheriff's Office was dispatched to 39122 Babin Road Gonzales, Louisiana to conduct a welfare check after family members had been unable to make phone contact with occupants of the home.

On arrival deputies received no response at the door and forced entry into the home discovering two occupants deceased and one occupant fighting for her life. Preliminary investigation revealed that of a homicide scene, Wiley said.

The two deceased murder victims were identified as 74 year old Robert Irwin Marchand and 50 year old Douglas Dooley.  The third victim is identified as 72 year old Shirley Marchand. Mrs. Marchand is at a local hospital undergoing emergency surgery as a result of her injuries.

The Sheriff's crime scene technicians and investigators are combing the scene searching for clues. The motive is unknown at this time.

Sheriff Wiley said, “It’s a tragic day for Ascension Parish”.  The victims are well known and well respected citizens who were viciously attacked in their own home.  This department is working non-stop to identify and capture the killers.  

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).     

There will be a press conference update at the Gonzales Sheriff’s Office at 1:00 pm.