Man found dead on Victoria Drive in Baton Rouge has been identified; investigation underway

We now know the identity of the person found on the side of Victoria Drive near Airline Highway on Thursday.
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 10:12 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2022 at 9:27 AM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office has identified the man found dead Thursday, Dec. 8, on Victoria Drive as Jeremy J. Gnagie, 35.

His manner and cause of death are still pending, but a spokesman with the coroner’s office could confirm it was not a hit-and-run.

A normally quiet morning was shaken in Baton Rouge on Thursday, Dec. 8.


BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A normally quiet morning was shaken in Baton Rouge on Thursday, Dec. 8.

“One of my daughters came running into my room and woke me up and said there was a body on the street,” said Ellen Taylor, a neighbor. “I thought she was playing so I got up and came out and there sure was.”

A man’s body was found on Victoria Drive near Hanks Drive and Airline Highway around 7 a.m. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

“A man laying half in the driveway and his feet on the ground on the street and the police had both ends of the street blocked off,” explained Taylor.

Neighbors said they were shaken by the incident.

“Sad, scared. Sad for his family. I was just like oh my gosh, I hope the man had ID on him so his family could be notified. Really sad and scared at the same time,” added Taylor.

Because this road is so busy.

“They speed down this street like they’re on a racetrack, and it’s only 25 mph supposed to be,” said Taylor.

Neighbors and, even deputies at first, thought he’d been hit by a car. But an autopsy showed no signs of trauma. Until more results come back, this case remains unsolved.

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