SLIDELL, La. — St. Tammany Parish detectives are asking the public to help identify a man whose bludgeoned, dismembered and decomposed body was found near a highway intersection two months ago.
Advanced DNA analysis indicates the man probably had fair skin, brown or hazel eyes and dark brown hair, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday. It also released a sketch of what he may have looked like, made by the Virginia company that did the analysis.
Items found near the body indicate that either the man or his killer may have had ties to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Capt. Daniel Seuzeneau said Tuesday.
About all investigators know for sure is that the man was about 5-foot-10, had a scar from open heart bypass surgery, and was killed by blunt trauma to the head. Autopsy results indicated that he was at least in his mid-60s, Seuzeneau said.
The body was dumped on Highway 90 near Highway 433 between 10:30 p.m. July 28 and 7 a.m. July 29.
Investigators believe he had been killed at least three days earlier. His arms and one leg from the knee down had been removed, possibly to keep scars or tattoos from identifying him, Seuzeneau said.
Seuzeneau said the DNA did not match any in local or national databases.