Safe examined in connection with home invasion
GONZALES- Deputies say Louisiana State Police Crime Lab technicians have been working through the Mardi Gras holiday examining evidence from a deadly home invasion.
Irwin Marchand and his stepson Doug Dooley died in the attack. Marchand's wife Shirley is in critical condition. The victims' throats had been slit. A coin collection worth more than $100,000 was taken.
A safe that could be the one taken from the Marchand's home on Babin Road was recovered yesterday near Frost. People living on Perrilloux Road say they noticed police activity near an illegal dump site for most of the afternoon. Detectives are trying to determine if the safe is connected to the case. Someone cut the safe open and nothing was found inside. It's now at the State Police lab.
Chief Deputy Tony Bacala with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says detectives have not spoken to Shirley Marchand because of her condition. She is under heavy protection.
Deputies urge anyone with information to call. Bacala says even minor information may help connect other parts of the case.