Sheriff releases new details on body found near Rigolets

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 2:08 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2016 at 10:08 PM CDT
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RIGOLETS, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance with identifying the body of a homicide victim found earlier Friday.

Around 7 a.m., the Sheriff's Office was notified of a body that was found on Highway 90 just south of the intersection of Highway 433 and Highway 90 in the Rigolets. Investigators said the body was badly decomposed and the person appeared to have been deceased for several days. They believe the body was dumped at the location, and that the person was likely killed at another location.

The coroner determined that the body was that of a male, approximately 5'10" tall with a scar on his chest from a prior open heart surgery. Due to the level of decomposition, the age and race were unable to be determined. Authorities will use DNA to obtain further information.

Detectives have contacted neighboring law enforcement agencies about missing persons.

"We are asking the public for help with identifying this victim and also for any information in relation to the homicide," said Sheriff Randy Smith. "The most distinguishing mark we can identify on the body is the open heart surgery scar found on the chest."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Timothy Crabtree at (985) 898-2338 or call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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