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Ponchatoula man's body recovered from river

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Posted: Apr 22, 2010 4:54 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Ponchatoula, body, recovered, found, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office, Adam Gonzales, work-release, inmate, Tangipahoa Parish

A body recovered Tuesday afternoon from the Mississippi River has been identified as a 31-year-old Ponchatoula man who authorities say jumped into the river Saturday night from a ship.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office says Adam Gonzales was a work-release inmate from Tangipahoa Parish whose shipmates say jumped overboard to avoid being returned to jail.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate Gonzales drowned.

Authorities say his body was recovered by the crew of the Port of South Louisiana's fire boat, the
Accardo.

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