Authorities in St. Tammany parish are asking for the public’s help in identifying a mutilated body that was dumped on Highway 90 near the Rigolets. Police say the murder victim was found in late July, and they believe the victim may have been a transient with ties to Biloxi. Coroner Dr. Charles Preston says the autopsy results were gruesome.
“This person died of blunt force trauma to the head and face, had multiple skull fractures and multiple facial fractures. The body was horribly dismembered, missing both arms and one extremity,” Preston said.
Preston says they ran a phenotype DNA analysis to get an idea of what the victim may have looked like, because his body was badly decomposed. He says they believe the man is over 65-years-old, of European and Middle Eastern descent, and has a fair complexion.
“He was not very, very dark or black. We are able to predict an eye color that is likely brown. We’re able to predict a hair color as being light to dark brown,” Preston said.
Preston says the victim has a scar from an open heart surgery and had blood pressure medications in his system. St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith says the first step in solving the case is identifying the deceased victim.
“This gentleman is somebody’s loved one that’s been missing for over two months, and we’re asking the community to come forward with any information that can help us in this investigation and identify this victim,” Smith said.
Authorities have released a computer sketch of the victim and anyone with information is urged to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office, or call CrimeStoppers at (504) 822-1111 to remain anonymous.