Remains found in field ID'd as decorated veteran
HAMMOND - Sheriff Daniel Edwards said human remains recently found in a Tangipahoa Parish field have been identified as an Iraq war veteran decorated for service and bravery.
Edwards said Wednesday that the LSU Faces Lab identified the remains as Jonathan H. Gordon, 31, of Loranger. The sheriff said Gordan was an Iraqi war veteran who received a bronze star, and is survived by his 7-year-old daughter.
Edwards said Gordan was last seen on Dec. 31, 2013, in the Hammond area. His truck was found abandoned near Pontchatoula in late January, and detectives have been searching in the surrounding area for the past two months with no leads.
Deputies said on April 22 they were contacted by a Brickyard Road resident who said they found the remains while plowing a field behind their house. The LSU Faces lab later made the identification.
Investigators said cause of death is still unknown at this time. Anyone with information about Gordan's disappearance or his death should call (800) 554-5245.