State Police: Body found by grass-cutting crew on I-10 may be hit-and-run victim

State Police: Body found by grass-cutting crew on I-10 may be hit-and-run victim - 10 p.m.
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

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Officials say the body found by a grass-cutting crew on I-10 could possibly be a hit-and-run victim.

Deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office first responded to the scene at roughly 1 p.m. Monday. The crew located the body along I-10 in the median near the overpass located between Prairieville and Gonzales.

While at least a dozen investigators were out processing the scene for about five hours, Louisiana State Police is taking the lead in the investigation.

Crime scene investigators with both LSP and APSO as well as investigators with the Ascension Parish Coroner's Office are working to determine the exact cause of death and time of death along with the identity of the victim. Around 5:40 p.m., the coroner's van was at the scene to remove the body for autopsy.

Lt. Col. Bobby Webre with APSO said early signs indicate this could be a case of hit and run. Webre said that the body appears to be that of a female and had been there for several days, likely Friday or Saturday.

"Right now we're still working on identifying the person in the median. Also, we're trying to preserve the evidence and locate any parties that are involved in this crash," said TFC. Bryan Lee.

Lee said troopers are withholding the race and possible age of the person at this time as they continue their investigation.

Evidence was taking from the scene to be analyzed by the LSP Crime Lab.

"We're asking if anyone if they saw anything within the past two days to contact State Police," Lee said. "At this time, investigators do not know how long the body has been there."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call State Police at (225) 754-8500 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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