Coroner recovers body located in Mississippi River

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office was at the scene of a reported drowning in the Mississippi River Wednesday.

Officials say a body was recovered around 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26 near South River Road. Officials have not provided any information regarding the identity of the individual.

"The EBRSO Maritime Response Team devised a plan to safely bring the remains to shore through the heavy current," said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

Early reports indicate that the body was trapped under a boat.

An autopsy will be conducted to "make further determinations about the circumstances."

The coroner's office says the body was in advanced stages of decomposition and they will work with the LSU FACES lab to determine the identity of the person, as well as the race, age, and sex of the individual. This process is expected to take some time. We will update the story with new information when we receive it.

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