The body belonged to a manager of an Arby’s restaurant in New Iberia, Louisiana, and the death is believed to be an accident, according to police. The body was found around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
“So it was an employee that discovered the female deceased inside the cooler, [and] the deceased is an employee of the restaurant,” New Iberia Police Captain Leland Laseter, the head of criminal investigations, told KADN News 15.
“A situation like this is unusual, so we’re taking extra precautions during the investigation,” Laseter added. “[We] pretty much have completed our process at the crime scene. After completely processing the crime scene … this does not seem like a homicide, it seems like an accident.”
Laseter acknowledged that the death did seem “suspicious” but said police had not yet uncovered any evidence of “foul play.” He added that “nothing is set in stone” and said that they were still waiting for medical examiners to determine the cause of death.
“We’re going to re-examine all the evidence tomorrow and they’re going to conduct an autopsy to give us the cause and manner of death. So there are a few more steps that we need to take before a [final] determination is made,” he said.
The woman’s name has not yet been released.
Arby’s responded to the news by releasing a statement saying that it would be cooperating with police and deferring any comment to investigators.
“We are aware of the incident that took place at our franchised location in New Iberia, LA,” the statement said. “The franchisee is cooperating fully with local authorities as they conduct their investigation. Due to this being an active investigation, we defer any further comment to the police department.”
New Iberia, a city of around 28,000, is located in the southern portion of the state, not far from Lafayette.
Last year, an Arby’s in Washington also earned unwanted attention after police said that they discovered videos of a night manager urinating in in milkshake mix. Police were investigating the man on suspicion of obtaining and distributing child pornography.