Body found in Bayou St. John identified as missing swimmer

Police found a body in Bayou St. John near Lake Pontchartrain. (FOX 8/Kaitlin Morales)
Police found a body in Bayou St. John near Lake Pontchartrain. (FOX 8/Kaitlin Morales)

The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office says a body found in Bayou St. John Tuesday morning is that of a 50-year-old swimmer who was missing since Sunday afternoon.

A police spokesman says workers on a boat discovered a man's body around 5:45 a.m. near Lakeshore Dr. and St. Bernard Ave.

The coroner determined the man to be Telesforo Chavez, and that he died by drowning.

Chavez disappeared while swimming in the lake on Sunday afternoon near Lakeshore Drive and Beauregard Avenue, near Bayou St. John.