NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who was found wandering in marsh land in New Orleans East. The discovery was made Sunday, just before 9 a.m. near Chef Menteur Highway.
Police say that officers responded to a miscellaneous incident call in the 16900 block of Chef Menteur Hwy, near the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. After arriving, officers spoke with witnesses who said they saw an unknown black man leave the boardwalk area of the park and enter the marsh area. The witnesses add that the man began to crawl and dig in the mud before moving to a different location. Due to the cold temperatures at the time, the witnesses became concerned for the man's well being and notified authorities.
Search and Rescue officers from the NOPD were called to the scene and later located the man before safely bringing him back to shore. He was transported to a local hospital by EMS. The man is described as being between the ages of 15-20. Police believe he may be mentally disabled as he could not identify himself. Investigators add that he did not have any form of identification on him.
If you have any information that could help police with this case, you are asked to call NOPD Seventh District detectives at 504-658-6070.