State Police Confirm Kyle Laurent's Body Found in River

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Eight days after Kylan Laurent plunged into the Mississippi River from the Veteran's Memorial Bridge near Gramercy, and now his body was found. Workers discovered a Laurent’s body in the river in Norco.

Workers at the Valero Refinery saw the body floating down the Mississippi about 75 yards from the shore.

“It was a worker on a dock. They’re building a dock there. The workers on the dock saw it, and notified security. Security went out and secured the body and pulled it in. The Port of South Louisiana came in. The boat that has a lift on it was able to pull the body out of the water,” said Captain Pat Yoes of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Last week, state troopers had chased 22 year Kylan Laurent, wanted for violent crimes in the Baton Rouge area. That very day, he was only a person of interest in Kenner for the strangulation of Anita McDonald at the comfort suites. He jumped from the Veteran's Memorial Bridge.

“The Kenner Police Department has preliminarily identified the body as Kylan Laurent,” Yoes said, “They were able to identify tattoos on the body are consistent with that of Laurent.”

The Kenner police chief says he would not like to comment at this time until the autopsy is done. JPSO also says it would also like to reserve comment, but does say its investigations will continue.

That's because last Friday, Sheriff Newell Normand confirmed Laurent is a suspect in the strangulation of Jateese Hudgins at La Quinta Inn in Metairie, and attempted murder of a victim who survived an attack at the Sun Suites in Harvey. The sheriff's office is trying to out whose cell phones he had. They found 22 in his possession.

JPSO is also checking with law enforcement agencies in Texas, where Laurent has lived in recent years to see if they have had any similar cases.

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