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Authorities identify body found under bridge as missing Zachary man

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 1:25 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 1:20 PM CDT
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WILSON, La. (WAFB) - Authorities have released the identity of the body that was found floating in the water under a bridge on LA 19 near Wilson, La., on the morning of Wednesday, June 9.

East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeff Travis identified the body as that of Billie Washington, 38, of Zachary, La., on Thursday, June 10.

The sheriff said Washington’s family reported him missing to the Zachary Police Department.

East Feliciana Parish Coroner Dr. Dewitt Bickham declared the manner of Washington’s death to be a homicide, Travis said.

The Zachary Police Department, East Baton Rouge Parish and East Feliciana Parish sheriff’s offices are investigating the case as a homicide.

An East Feliciana Parish police jury employee spotted the body in the water on Wednesday, then contacted the Sheriff’s Office, according to Sheriff Travis.

Anyone with any information about the case to call the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-683- 3313 and report to the detectives’ office during office hours, or report anytime to the East Feliciana Communications Office at 225-683-5459.

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