UPDATE: Body Discovered in the Road on Melrose St.

10/19/2017 8:13 AM Update – Shortly after midnight, the Pineville Police Department Criminal Investigators arrested Matthew Sonnier, 29 years old, of Pineville for 2nd Degree Murder, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, and Resisting an Officer for the death of Ms. White. Mr. Sonnier was a known acquaintance of the victim.

He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

It is believed that Sonnier stabbed the victim several times inside of his vehicle near the initial crime scene and then threw the victim out of the vehicle.

Investigators developed information that Mr. Sonnier was in Alexandria. He was located in the Levin/Monroe Street area. After a short pursuit and with the assistance of the Alexandria Police Department, Sonnier was arrested.

3:47 PM Update – The Pineville Police Department has identified the victim as Latish White 42

years old of Alexandria. Ms. White was found deceased this morning in the intersection of Expressway Service Road and Melrose Street with multiple stab wounds to her body. The exact cause of death will be determined once an autopsy is conducted by the Coroner.

If anyone has information about this investigation please contact the Pineville Police Department at 318-442-6603.

(Press Release) October 18, 2017 – At 3:23 AM the Pineville Police Department received a report of a female laying in the roadway Melrose Street at the Expressway Service Road. Upon the arrival of officers and other first responders the victim was pronounced dead.

The Pineville Police Department is working to identify the victim and make notification to the next of kin. More information will be distributed once it is available.

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