The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of Nanette Krentel, a pre-school teacher and wife of St. Tammany Fire District 12 Chief Stephen Krentel, after an autopsy revealed her death was not caused by the fire that engulfed her Lacombe-area home late last week.
On Friday (July 14, 2017) deputies and fire personnel from several fire districts were dispatched to a home on Philip Smith Road in Lacombe and found the home fully engulfed in flames.
After extinguishing the fire, a badly burned body was located inside the residence. The Coroner's Office used DNA to positively identify the body and performed an autopsy. The autopsy revealed a gunshot wound and determined that her death was not caused by the fire.
Detectives with the STPSO Major Crimes Unit are working the death investigation, which remains ongoing.
The fire investigation is being handled by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.
If you have information about this case, please call Detective Daniel Buckner at 985-898-2338.