ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany coroner is using DNA to try to identify a homicide victim whose body was found mutilated on Highway 90 near the Rigolets in late July.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office calls it an extremely difficult case because of the condition of the body, which was badly decomposed.
The Sheriff's Office released a computer-generated sketch of the victim based on phenotyping. From that testing, Coroner Dr. Charles Preston determined the victim is a man, likely over the age 65, about 5'10" with brown hair and brown eyes, possibly of Italian or Greek descent.
"One of the other things we suspect [is that] he was homeless, however, he was receiving medical care," Preston said. "He has a scar on his chest from double bypass surgery, probably recently, and we found the presence of anti-high blood pressure medication in his system."
"Both of the victims' arms were dismembered, along with one leg being cut off below the knee," Sheriff Randy Smith said. "Those extremities have not been recovered. It is possible the suspect did that in an attempt to hide tattoos or scars."
Smith said the man died of trauma to the head, and detectives believe he was killed somewhere else and then dumped on Highway 90 on July 29.
Investigators also said they have reason to believe the victim has ties to the Mississippi Gulf Coast or Biloxi area.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.