The woman found dead in DeRidder has been identified and officials put rumors of more bodies to rest.
The Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office has identified the body found Wednesday afternoon in DeRidder as 27 year-old Kimberly Ann Stephens of DeRidder.
A preliminary examination indicated that Stephens died as a result of blunt force head to the head.
As local law enforcement worked Thursday to follow leads on the case, both the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office and the Leesville Daily Leader office were bombarded with calls from residents who'd heard reports that other bodies had been found in a variety of places, including Merryville, Rosepine, Leesville, Anacoco and Vernon Lake.
But no other bodies have been found said VPSO Chief of Detectives Marvin Hilton and BPSO Chief Deputy Joe Toler.
"The rumors are unfounded," Toler added. "At this time, there are no other bodies and the investigation into this woman's death is ongoing."
Stephens' body was found at an address off of Granberry Road in DeRidder by a passer-by in a vehicle. A preliminary examination indicated that she died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office.
Crimestoppers is now offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or person's responsible for Stephens' death.
Detectives handling the case have stated that the suspect in the murder may have sustained injuries to his hands and or knuckles. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy Jim Cheevers at 1-800-273-1374, 337-462-8918, or 337-463-3281.
Representatives with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Jennings Task Force were called to the crime scene as a courtesy measure to make sure this death was not in connection to the series of bodies found in southern Louisiana.
Since May of 2005, the bodies of eight Jennings-area women ranging in age from 17 to 29 have been found in rural areas of Jefferson Davis Parish. No one has been arrested in connection to these murders and while police have not termed the deaths to be the work of a serial killer, similar patterns have been observed and it is believed that there may be only one offender.
So far, it has been found that all of the Jennings-area victims lived in the south side of Jennings at one time.