Investigators positively identify remains found in field

Jonathon Gordan (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jonathon Gordan (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said human remains found in a field have been identified as those of a war veteran who disappeared on New Year's Eve.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reported the LSU Faces Lab positively identified the remains as Jonathon Gordan, 31, of Loranger. The bones were found by a man plowing the field behind his home on Brickyard Road in Hammond on April 22.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards said Gordan was last seen alive in the Hammond area on December 31, 2013. He added Gordan's vehicle was found abandoned near Strader Road in Ponchatoula in February.

Edwards stated the investigation surrounding Gordan's disappearance and death are ongoing. He added the cause of death has not been determined.

Gordan was a veteran of the Iraq War. He was awarded the bronze medal for his service and bravery. He left behind a 7-year-old daughter.

Anyone with information about Gordan's disappearance or death is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-554-5245.

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