New details have emerged about the death of a Louisiana woman who was reported missing from her home.
Raymond, a transgender woman, was last seen Aug. 15 at her apartment complex in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Her body was found Monday, and authorities say the cause of death is asphyxia by asphyxiation.
Her parents, Brandon Raymond and Rosemary Raymond, said in a statement that they are deeply saddened by the loss of their daughter.
“Jade’s death has left us in shock and a profound sense of grief,” they said.
“We ask that the public respect our privacy and refrain from sharing our daughter’s body or the details of her death.”
Raymund’s family said that they believe the death was a suicide, and that their daughter had been in a relationship with a man at the time of her disappearance.
The case has been the subject of a national investigation and the release of a statement from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry that was obtained by NBC News.
According to Landry’s office, Raymond was last known to be at her Lafayette apartment on Aug. 14 when she called 911 and reported her missing.
She was last heard from on Aug 19, when she left a note saying she had a friend in Louisiana and was leaving for that friend’s place of work, according to the statement.
Landry said that there were several signs that she had not been at her home, including that she was using her phone in a public place.
The report says she was in a rental vehicle parked at a vacant lot on Sept. 14.
On Sept. 15, authorities were called to a house on a residential street in the 700 block of Algiers Road in Lafayette after a person reported a man had been shot.
They found the body of Raymond, whose hands and feet were bound and there were wounds on her back, legs and arms, the report said.
Investigators said that when the body was discovered, she had been stabbed in the back with a large kitchen knife and had her hands bound and her feet bound.
Lafayette police said that the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her cause of sudden death is unknown, but it was ruled an asphyxcotic homicide.
She was identified as Jade Raymond by her initials and that the police report said she had recently transitioned to female.
Department of Health and Hospitals released a statement on Tuesday, saying that “our thoughts and prayers are with Jade’s family, friends, community and all of those who knew her.”
LaDoris Hunt, a spokeswoman for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, said that she could not confirm that a suicide had taken place.
Police are investigating a possible connection to a homicide in the town of Wacquant in the western part of the state, but did not provide details about the case.