Discovery's Killing Fields True Crime Series Gives Brother of Murder Victim Eugenie Boisfontaine Hope of 1997 Cold Case Being Solved
Curt Boisfontaine tells PEOPLE: "I do watch the series – how can I not?"
Over the past 19 years, Curt Boisfontaine has come to grips with the idea that whoever killed his sister Eugenie in 1997 and dumped her body in a Louisiana bayou might never face justice.
“I believed it would be one of those cases that would remain unsolved,” says Boisfontaine in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE.
But all that changed when he heard that the cold case investigation of his sister’s murder would be featured in Discovery’s new true-crime series, Killing Fields, which airs its fourth episode tonight at 10 PM EST.
The six-episode documentary series follows former Iberville Parish Det. Rodie Sanchez, who comes out of retirement to investigate Eugenie’s murder, which he was unable to solve nearly two decades ago, a fact that has haunted him ever since.
Eugenie, a 34-year-old Louisiana State University grad student at the time, had been missing for three months before her body was discovered in a humid, swampy wetland area well-known as a dumping ground for corpses. There was evidence of blunt force trauma to her head.
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“I was totally surprised,” says Curt Boisfontaine when he heard the case was not only being reopened – but would featured on TV.
“I do watch the series – how could I not? It’s understandably hard to watch and there are many things about the circumstances around Eugenie s death that I’m learning for the first time.”
Boisfontaine, a 56-year-old Dallas-based real estate developer, describes his sister as a “happy, thoughtful person,” who went through a “very difficult” period after her marriage crumbled.
The decision to reopen the case, says her brother, has proven bittersweet for their mother, who was hit “particularly hard” by her daughter’s killing.
“It comes at a time just after my older sister Suzanne passed away unexpectedly in December 2014,” says Boisfontaine. “My mother is a very strong woman who has had to bury two of her three children.”
The series has offered the family a glimmer of hope that the case can one day be solved, Boisfontaine says.
“I believe Rodie, [Detective] Aubrey [St. Angelo] and the Iberville Parish team are doing their best to find Eugenie s murderer,” Boisfontaine says. “Since the case was reopened and the series began, there have been quite a few inquiries and possible new leads that have given the team some real optimism.”