The Louisiana authorities announced that four suspects have been arrested and charged in the submerged case. As stated in the court records, two bodies were recovered from the vehicle pushed into the river. The authorities believed that they might be dealing with a carjacking case gone out of hand.
Submerged Car Case Involved At least Four, People
On the 15th of February, the families of 28-year-old Dustin R. Hartline and 20-year-old Raegan Elizabeth Day contacted the authorities believed that something might have happened to the couple after they’ve failed to show up home.
According to the Louisiana authorities, the couple left their home earlier that day, and were, presumably, heading to a Baton Rouge where they should have met another family member.
The investigation revealed that the couple had left home under pretense. Instead of meeting a family member, Day and Hartline went to sell a car to Brittney Savell.
According to a Louisiana Police Department spokesperson, once the couple reached their destination, something must have happened during their talk with Savel over the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro car they intended to sell.
Moreover, following the botched business transactions, Day and Hartline were assaulted by Savell and three other suspects who attempted to steal their car. However, instead of driving away with the stolen car, the suspects shot Hartline and Day in the head, placed their bodies inside the vehicle, which they dumped in the river.
The car was discovered on Wednesday when police divers searched the area. According to the coroner’s office, IDing the body was challenging since they were in an advanced stage of decomposition, but, in the end, managed to get a positive ID using Hartline’s tattoos for reference.
Following the discovery of the car, the authorities arrested Brittney Savell and her associates Jason Landry, Derrion Lemoine, and Steven Olivieri.
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