On May 11th, an Arby’s employee in New Iberia, Louisiana made the horrific discovery. It was a dead body in the walk-in freezer. The police were quickly dispatched to the restaurant located at 1120 E. Admiral Doyle Drive in New Iberia’s Lagniappe Village shopping center.
“So it was an employee that discovered the female deceased inside the cooler, (and) the deceased is an employee of the restaurant,” Police Captain Leland Laseter said. While the woman’s identity has not been released to the public, it has been confirmed that she was a manager at the store.
While foul play was never their top suspicion in the woman’s passing, the police did note; “Situations like this are just unusual.”
“We’re taking extra precautions during the investigation,” Laseter said. “Pretty much completed our process at the crime scene after completely processing the crime scene preliminary investigation nothing is set in stone yet. This does not seem like a homicide it seems like an accident. We’re going to re-examine all the evidence tomorrow and they’re going to conduct an autopsy to give us the cause and manner of death. So there are a few more steps that we need to take before a (final) determination is made.”
The strange part is her body was discovered during normal operating hours for that Arby’s. So this has many asking the question, how does something like this happen? Someone accidentally locking themselves in a walk-in freezer isn’t unheard of in the restaurant industry. But the public is questioning how no one noticed she was missing.
Even though no foul play is suspected, everyone is noting it as a tragic and highly unusual accident. The corner’s report will hopefully help clarify what happened to this Arby’s manager. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time. We hope they find some sense of closure.