Skeletal remains identified as missing Baton Rouge man

Skeletal remains identified as missing Baton Rouge man

WEST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - After roughly two months, investigators have identified a set of skeletal remains found in West Feliciana near the old ferry landing.

"A wallet and an ID were found near the remains; however, in order to make a positive identification, we had to wait until we got the official DNA results back before we could release a name," said Sheriff J. Austin Daniel, West Feliciana Parish. "Rushing to put out a name was not in the best interest of the deceased or his family members."

The LSU FACES lab utilized DNA testing to match the remains to Dwayne Bennett, 58, of Baton Rouge.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, Bennett's daughter reported him missing on April 2, 2014.

"Bennett's daughter advised that there was an argument and he left the home," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely, BRPD. "She believed he had major depression disorder with psychotic features. She also advised that he attempted suicide during his depression times."

Bennett's information was listed in the National Missing Persons database.

The skeletal remains were located in July. Additionally, Bennett's vehicle was located at the beginning of August underwater at the bottom of the ferry landing ramp. The vehicle was discovered because at the time the water level was low.

At this time foul play is not suspected. However, Deputies are continuing to investigate to determine the exact cause of death.

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