Authorities identify Lafayette Parish woman found dead by road

Updated at 3:02 p.m. Lafayette authorities have identified the 19-year-old Lafayette Parish woman whose body was found on Gazette Road late Monday as Valerie West.

West’s body was found less than a mile from her home in the 100 block of Madame Germaine Street at about 10:30 a.m. on Monday, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies received a call at about 10:30 p.m. Monday and found the victim “unconscious and nonresponsive on the side of the road,” Sheriff’s Capt. Craig Stansbury said in a news release.

Medical personnel were unable to revive the woman.

“The circumstances surrounding the death are considered suspicious and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death,” Stansbury said.

The Sheriff’s Office had withheld releasing the victim’s name pending notification of her next of kin. Officials have not said if they suspect a cause of death.