The Murder of Nanette Krentel
July 14, 2017 seemed to be just another day. Nanette Krentel and her husband, Steve, woke up and went throughout their usual morning routine. Steve Krentel was the fire chief a the St. Tammany Fire Protection District Number 12. However, this day would not end as it normally did for the couple living in Lacombe, Louisiana.
Nanette Krentel was a retired teacher. The 49 year old left home that morning to run a few errands with her beloved dog. She was seen on camera at a McDonald's in Slidell. Both her cell phone and credit card records back up this sighting at the fast food chain. She was then seen again driving by a home near her own on security camera just after 9 am. She called in a prescription refill later that morning and then a placed a call from her cell phone around 1:30pm.
A call to 911 was placed around 2:30 pm. The first 2 units on scene were from the St. Tammany Parish Sherriff's Office. Their camera footage shows that Steve's unit was the first from the fire department on scene although it was not fully equipped with everything needed to fight the first. The Krentel's home burned to the ground with Nanette, the family's 2 cats and dog inside. The Louisiana State Fire Marshall was called in around 4 pm to investigate the fire that was intentionally set. Steve finally called Nan's dad and left a voicemail just before 7 that evening. Once her father knew, he immediately notified the rest of the family. Some of them went to the crime scene that night. Eventually, the St Tammany Parrish Sheriff's Office secured the scene for the night in an effort to maintain evidence and the integrity of the scene. Nanette's body was removed from the home around 9 pm that night according to one of her sisters.