Travis Orso

Yesterday's drowning death of a woman in Galliano is being investigated as a murder by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.

Travis Orso is charged with second-degree murder following the death of his girlfriend, Dione Cheramie, on Thursday.

Yesterday, the Gazette reported a body found in Bayou Lafourche. Fire District 3 later told The Gazette that life-saving measures were attempted on the woman, but she had been pronounced dead after falling in the bayou due to an apparent drowning.

Orso, Cheramie's boyfriend, was at the scene and detectives questioned him about the incident.

Through investigation, detectives learned that the two were traveling in a pickup truck on La. Highway 308 when they began to argue.

Orso allegedly stopped the truck and Cheramie exited.

The two then continued arguing and the altercation then allegedly became physical.

At one point, both ended up in the bayou.

After reviewing evidence at the scene and speaking to Orso and witnesses, investigators established probable cause that Orso's actions led to Cheramie's death and he was charged with second-degree murder.

Orso was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux on the charge of Second Degree Murder. Bail is set at $500,000.

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