Missing Plaquemine, La. Woman Found Dead in Bunkie

Law enforcement officers found the body today of a Plaquemine woman who had been missing since Saturday morning.The body of Janaver Distefano was found in the Bunkie area about 7 a.m., according to Chief Deputy Harry Normand of the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office.An autopsy will be performed, he said.

Normand said that Donald Ray Johnson of Bunkie was arrested and accused of using Distefano’s credit card. Johnson, 23, has been booked on a count of unauthorized use of a bank access card, and is being held in jail under $100,000 bail.

Distefano was visiting a casino in Marksville on Saturday with her husband, Joseph “T-Joe” Distefano, when she went on a shopping trip and did not return.

Investigation determined that her credit card was used Saturday night at Wal-Mart and to buy gasoline.

A joint investigation is being conducted by the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.


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