Hit-and-run investigation lead police to dead body, cops say


The search for the driver involved in a hit-and-run in Louisiana lead police to a dead body on April 24, according to the Kenner Police Department. The driver confessed to his mother’s murder.

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An investigation to find the culprit of a hit-and-run collision led police to the discovery of a murder scene in Louisiana, authorities said.

It started as officers were looking for Cora Chambers, the registered owner of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run in Jefferson Parish, according to a news release from the Kenner Police Department.

When they knocked on her door on April 24, her 28-year-old son Joshua Chambers opened the door, authorities said.

The man — who is from Kenner, located about 13 miles west of downtown New Orleans — told officers Cora Chambers was his mother and proceeded to confess to her murder, according to police. Officers said they found the woman’s body, as well as the murder weapon, inside the house.

The man told police he was the driver of the vehicle during the hit-and-run.

Authorities said Joshua Chambers, who has “a history of mental illness,” was charged with second-degree murder.

Cassandre Coyer is a McClatchy National Real-Time Reporter covering the southeast while based in Washington D.C. She’s an alumna of Emerson College in Boston and joined McClatchy in 2022. Previously, she’s written for The Christian Science Monitor, RVA Mag, The Untitled Magazine, and more.

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