Preliminary autopsy results on Crystal Scott show no signs of trauma, Fentanyl in her system

Woman’s remains found in plastic container in Gonzales
Published: Feb. 1, 2022 at 5:14 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2022 at 4:02 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Hidden in the back of an abandoned truck in a quiet part of Gonzales, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies uncovered Crystal Scott’s body, stuffed in a plastic storage container.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said Scott’s preliminary autopsy, which detectives received on Wednesday, Feb. 2, indicated no signs of trauma, and Scott’s cause of death remains under investigation.

Fentanyl was present in Scott’s body, according to the preliminary toxicology report; however, the amount of fentanyl is currently unknown, said Webre.

A full toxicology report will be conducted, which could take one to two months, added Webre.

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Prior to toxicology results being back, the sheriff said he thought her death was drug-related.

“Maybe somebody gave her those drugs, and somebody moved her there. She didn’t get there on her own. And we don’t think she passed away at that residence there, she may have passed away somewhere else, and her body was moved to that truck,” Webre said.

The sheriff’s office named three persons of interest: Sedrick Credit, Ladarrius Alverez, and Ashley Nicole Simoneaux.

Sedrick Credit and Ashley Nicole Simoneaux
Sedrick Credit and Ashley Nicole Simoneaux(Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

Donovan Jackson, a spokesperson for APSO, confirmed on Feb. 8 that Ladarrius Alverez is no longer a person of interest in this investigation.

“As of now, he faces no charges related to the death of Crystal Scott,” said Jackson.

The news of Scott’s possible drug-related death hits a nerve with Erin Stanchfield who helps women recover from addiction and get back on their feet.

“From possible overdoses or just passing away it’s very heart-wrenching, mainly because we’re here with open arms and we just want people to reach out to us,” Stanchfield said.

Over the past few years, there’s been an increase in overdoses, according to Life House University executive director Mark Stermer.

“I think we’ve seen an increase of overdoses because of the hopelessness that we see in our society, and when there is hopelessness, people tend to make bad decisions or veer towards something that’s going to numb the pain instead of something that’s going to heal the pain,” Stermer said.

You can reach out to The Life House Women at (225) 644-3762 or click here.

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