Arrest made in connection with body found in spillway

A “person of interest” in the homicide case of an 88-year-old New Orleans woman whose body was found floating in the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway in May of last year has been taken into custody.

Lovezella Shantell Bartholomew, 28, sought by the New Orleans Police Department on a warrant for second-degree murder, surfaced in Pearland, Texas, where she was charged with threatening a public servant, according to Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office records.

Estelle Webb’s body was found in the spillway in St. Charles Parish by railroad workers on May 4. Her body was believed to have been in the water up to three days before it was found in a remote area of the spillway in Norco.

Webb was last seen on April 28, 2016, according to the NOPD. Family members also reported her 2008 Pontiac G5 was missing, which Bartholomew was believed to have been seen driving with Webb.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed Webb’s identity by DNA and ruled the death a homicide based on her injuries. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. James Grimaldi said NOPD took over the investigation when it was determined Webb’s death apparently occurred in New Orleans.

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