Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:34 PM by Trey Schmaltz, Zach Correa
Updated: Apr 30, 2014 10:34 PM
LORANGER- The parents of a dead war veteran are begging for answers after their son's body was found in a field last week.
The body of Jonathan Gordon was identified by the LSU Faces lab after being found in Tangipahoa Parish. Investigators believe Gordon's dead body had been in a deep part of the rural property for months.
Gordon's parents, Michelle and Howard, don't think their son's death was an accident. After going missing in December, his truck was found at the end of January in Ponchatoula. His body was found miles away, in Hammond.
"His truck was hidden behind a house that you couldn't see unless you went around the house. Where his truck was abandoned, it's certain to me that someone new that spot and new it'd be a good place to hide something," Howard Gordon said in an interview with WBRZ News 2 Wednesday evening.
"It's not anything that a parent wants to have to go through," Gordon's mom said.
The couple still has his truck, and keeps it parked on their property. His body was thrown away, abandoned, his parents said. And, they think someone had a hand in leaving their son in the field.
"He didn't deserve to be abandoned in the woods; he was treated with disrespect and all human beings deserve respect," Howard said. "Whoever was involved with this, disrespected Jon, and that needs to be answered to," he added.
Gordon served nine months in Iraq back in 2004. For his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star. His parents said he struggled with PTSD.
Deputies are still investigating the death case.