METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A body was found along I-10 westbound Wednesday morning near Veterans Boulevard, according to Louisiana State Police.
State troopers say they first received reports that a dog was dead on the highway around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. However, after further investigation, deputies confirmed that it was a human body along the road.
Officials have identified the victim as 19-year-old Jasilas Wright.
"Where the initial impact occurred doesn't appear to be a place where pedestrians would cross the interstate," said Nick Manale with Louisiana State Police. "It is on the elevated portion of the interstate and investigation is in its early stages. It doesn't appear to be a pedestrian, but we're not ruling that out. We're looking at all possibilities here. As the morning goes on and the investigation furthers, we will have more information to share to possibly confirm the identity of the victim."
Westbound traffic was shut down for several hours as crews continued their investigation. The highway re-opened just before 11 a.m.
This is the second such incident in the past six days, although troopers do not think the incidents are connected. On Thursday (June 4), the body of 16-year-old Kaylan Ward was found around 6:30 a.m. along eastbound I-10 at Bullard Avenue in New Orleans. A Coroner's Office spokesperson says that the preliminary cause of death is multiple blunt traumatic injuries. Investigators are still in the process of gathering evidence to determine what happened to Ward.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.