71-year-old Destrehan woman still missing

Anna Mae Chauvin

Authorities reported Monday morning that the search for Anna Mae Chauvin, a missing 71-year-old Destrehan female, is still active.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Chauvin missing Sunday. They have since requested the assistance of Louisiana Search and Rescue, a non-profit canine search team that specializes in looking for missing individuals.

LASAR will be partnered with deputies searching the neighborhoods, woods and swamp areas in an area between River Road and Airline Highway in  New Sarpy. Citizens can expect a very large police presence in the area of New Sarpy as efforts to locate Chauvin continue.

Detectives searched the neighborhood and the wooded area north of the railroad tracks between Vans Lane and Acadia Lane Vans Lane in New Sarpy throughout Sunday night with the assistance of  the Rayburn Correctional Center K9 Team. During efforts, detectives went door-to-door to speak with residents, view security cameras and check fenced yards and sheds in the area.

Through the investigation, additional information was found to validate that Chauvin was in the area within the last 24 hours.

Sheriff Greg Champagne would like the public to be aware that although this incident was initially reported in Jefferson Parish, the investigation is now being led by St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s  Office.

Chauvin was last seen by a witness at the Shell Station located at the intersection of  Carolyn Drive and River Road in Destrehan on Dec. 5 at approximately 10:15 p.m. Detectives have also found video footage of Chauvin walking in the 600 block  of Carolyn Drive at 10:23 p.m.

Currently, it is believed that Chauvin wandered west, towards New Sarpy, and may possibly be  somewhere between Vans Lane and Terrace Street in New Sarpy.

Chauvin is a 71-year-old female, is diagnosed with dementia. She was last known to be wearing a red colored Coca-Cola shirt and grey sweatpants. Chauvin is described as being  5’4” tall and 120 lbs.

If anyone has information related to the whereabouts of Chauvin, or believe they may have seen her in the past 48 hours, they are urged to contact Detective Thomas Plaisance at 985-783-6807 or dial 911.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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