GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Lt. Col. Bobby Webre reports that the body pulled from the Mississippi River Thursday afternoon in Reserve by St. John Parish Sheriff's Office authorities has been confirmed to be that of 45-year-old Ronald Green Sr.
On April 17, 2014, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office received a call from a person saying Green had killed his wife and son and planned to jump off of the Mississippi River Bridge.
Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office deputies began searching for Green who killed his wife, Dewona, and the couple's 12-year-old son, Ronald Green Jr. Deputies arrived at the home on Lakeway Cove Drive in Gonzales and found the front door glass shattered and found Dewona and her son dead in a bedroom of the residence. Both had been shot.
Ronald Green Sr. was served the restraining order at the couple's home on April 11 and deputies stayed while he gathered clothes and left. According to reports, deputies warned him he would be arrested if he returned to the home or tried to contact his wife.
Bacala stated reports show Ronald Green Sr. was arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish the very next day for violation of protective orders. He added Green was taken to jail and later bonded out. Documents show his bond was set at $2,500.
Ron Green Jr. was a seventh grade student at Central Middle School in Gonzales. Bacala said measures are being put in place to assist students with coping with the tragedy. Authorities said the couple had recently separated and deputies were actually called out to the home the previous week for an incident. Following that incident, Bacala said the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Unit assisted her in getting the restraining order against her husband.
All area law enforcement agencies were alerted to the possibility that Ronald Green Sr. had jumped from a bridge and soon afterwards his car was found abandoned and still running on top of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in St. John Parish the morning of April 17.
Green's body was spotted by a ship's crewmember around 3 p.m. Thursday, and took authorities approximately two hours to pull the body due to the swift currents from the river, according to St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre.
APSO Detectives believed that it was probable that Green followed through on his stated intention to jump from the bridge, but over the past year, detectives were still pursuing the case as if he were alive, monitoring his financial accounts for possible activity, added Lt. Col. Webre.