Troopers: Suspect arrested in connection with body found in I-10 median

State Police release details about suspect arrested for body found in I-10 median
Brodnick Whittington (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Brodnick Whittington (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

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An arrest has been made in connection with the woman who was found dead along I-10 in Ascension Parish, according to Louisiana State Police.

Officials said Brodnick Whittington, 25, of St. James, is charged with felony hit and run, obstruction of justice, driving under suspension and open container.

Investigators said the incident happened around Saturday around 10:30 p.m. Troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-10 West east of LA 73. Troopers found a 1997 Ford F150, which had been moved from the original crash scene, parked on the shoulder with heavy damage to the front of it.

Troopers said Whittington actually called police Saturday evening to report he hit something on the road. When officers arrived, Whittington's car was there, but he had left the scene. 

A grass-cutting crew found the body of a woman in the median of I-10 between Prairieville and Gonzales around 1 p.m. Monday. Crime scene investigators spent about five hours processing all the evidence. The body was removed just before 6 p.m.

The victim was identified Tuesday as Jenise Williams, 35, of Harvey. Troopers determined she was hit by a vehicle after finding evidence consistent with a crash.

Investigators believe Williams was killed during the crash that happened Saturday evening. However, Tpr. Bryan Lee with LSP said they have not determined why she was walking or exactly where she was walking along the interstate.

"Troopers are still working to investigate the actual call to that crash and the dynamic of the crash," Lee said.

LSP was able to connect the scenes of Williams' body and Whittington's truck, which were located about a quarter of a mile apart from one another.

Whittington was arrested in Gonzales before 2 p.m. Tuesday and booked into Ascension Parish Jail. No bond has been set at this time.

Louisiana State Police said the case will be handed over to the 23rd Judicial District Attorney's Office for review of possible homicide charges.

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