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Body of missing father found on Christmas Day, family says

Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 3:50 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2021 at 5:20 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The family of Gilbert Bryant, who would’ve celebrated his 89th birthday on Christmas Eve, tells FOX 8 his body has been recovered.

Bryant was reported missing on Dec. 10. A camera set up in his living room captured him walking out of his front door as he did every day.

A second video from a neighbor’s camera on Bundy Road was the last time he was seen alive.

Bryant’s daughters held a vigil at his home in New Orleans East on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Day, his daughter Pamela Bourgeois says the family received a call that their father had been found in a wooded area behind a car dealership.

Gilbert Bryant, 89, was last seen near his home on Bundy Road in New Orleans East.
Gilbert Bryant, 89, was last seen near his home on Bundy Road in New Orleans East.(Fox 8)

“Our heart has a spot missing. Cause he’s not with us,” Judy Batiste said.

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The New Orleans Police Department and the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office says the investigation into Bryant’s disappearance remains ongoing.

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