Identity of body found on Waverly Dr. still unknown
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office has yet to scientifically a body found in a "badly decomposed" state Tuesday morning.
EBR Parish Coroner Beau Clark said they work their way backward from the time of the homicide to determine the cause of death, so nothing is ruled out at this time. As of yesterday, the coroner's office had yet to eliminate foul play in the case.
Yesterday, Clark said the body was "partially skeletonized" and in "advanced stages of decomposition" so identifying the man will not be easy. The coroner's office has not released the identity of the man yet and is working with the LSU FACES lab to reconstruct the face.
Other than facial reconstruction, identification will depend on dental records and DNA tests.
Reports indicate police found the body near 1050 Waverly Drive after a utility worker uncovered it while reading meters on Tuesday at around 9 a.m.
It is unclear at this time in the investigation if the corpse belongs to the registered owner of the house where it was found. Neighbors say that it wasn't uncommon for them to go long periods of time without seeing the man who owned the house as he did not socialize with neighbors often.
Clark said Wednesday that the next update could be expected early next week.