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GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies said a body found in the Mississippi River has been confirmed as Ronald Green Sr., the man believed to have killed his wife and son before jumping off a bridge.

Lt. Col. Bobby Webre with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said Green's body was found in the Reserve area and an autopsy Friday confirmed it to be Green.

Investigators believe on April 17, 2014, Green abandoned his car and jumped off the Veterans Memorial Bridge in St. John Parish into the Mississippi River. This happened after deputies said someone called the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and told them Green had contacted them, claiming he'd killed his wife and son and planned to jump into the river.

Deputies found Dewona Green and 12-year-old Ronald Green Jr. dead at their residence. A glass door had been shattered, and both had been shot according to Webre.

St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said Green's body was spotted Thursday afternoon by a ship's crewmember, and he said it took about two hours for people to retrieve the body from the river's swift currents.

Webre said even though they believed Green had jumped from the bridge the night of April 17, they have been pursuing their investigation as if he was still alive.


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