Fri, Mar 8, 2013
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Steele, in an email, said an autopsy would be performed Friday on 26-year-old Brandon Steele Parnell, who was last seen at a lounge just east of Denham Springs at 10 p.m. on Feb. 25.
Steele said authorities would not comment further in the ongoing investigation.
Earlier Thursday, St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin confirmed that the body of a man around 30 years old was discovered by a fisherman. The body was found near Airline Highway, about 2 miles south of the boundary between St. James and Ascension parishes, Martin said.
Steele sent out a news release on Thursday about Parnell indicating that he may have been the victim of foul play because he is usually in constant contact with family members.
Martin said Parnell’s description was similar to the description of the body found in the river.
The release about Parnell’s disappearance listed several distinct features, including numerous tattoos on his arms, chest and fingers. In addition, Parnell had a four-leaf clover tattoo near his left eye, the words “TAP OUT” under his chin and the word “PATSY” on the left side of his neck, the Livingston news release said.
Martin said the body found in the river had tattoos next to his left eye, on his neck and across his chest.
Martin said he would not release whether or not foul play was suspected in the death of the body discovered Thursday, adding he’s not sure who will be in charge of the investigation, or if it will be a joint investigation.
“I don’t know where it happened, if it happened in St. James or if this was just a dumping spot,” the sheriff said.
Martin said the body was in “decent condition” and he wasn’t sure how long it had been in the river.
“When I look at his body, I would not think he’d been in the water a long time,” Martin said.