Kenner detectives believe the body of a man pulled from the Mississippi River near Norco Wednesday morning is that of Kylan Laurentthe Jefferson Parish murder suspect who jumped off a St. James Parish bridge into the water after a high-speed chase with State Police last week.
The body is being transported to the Orleans Parish coroner's office where it will be autopsied and positively identified, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office said.
Detectives said tattoos on the body are believed to match those of Laurent. Valero Refinery employees spotted the body in the river about 75 yards from their dock shortly after 8 a.
Valero security employees were able to secure the body and notify the Sheriff's Office. The body was later recovered by employees with the Port of South Louisiana. Laurent, a year-old Vacherie resident, abandoned his car on the Veterans Memorial Bridge and jumped feet into the Mississippi River after a high-speed chase with State Police on Aug. The agency on Friday suspended the search for Laurent. In his car, Kenner police said they found a phone, driver's and debit card stolen from Anita McDonald22, of Flowood, Miss.
While searching his car and home, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said, investigators turned up an identification card that belonged to Jateese Hudgins21, of Philadelphia, who was strangled Aug. Kylan Laurent. The other phones, plus a of computers found in the searches of Laurent's car and home, might have been stolen from other victims.
Kenner police said he is a member of the Louisiana Air National Guard. In the Jefferson Parish cases, Laurent is thought to have contacted women who posted advertisements on the website back.
Only the Harvey victim survived, and officials said she has since identified Laurent as her attacker. Authorities were already looking into Laurent when McDonald was killed in Kenner, although they didn't have physical evidence linking him to either Hudgins' killing in Metairie or the Harvey attack, Normand said.
After Hudgins' death, Jefferson investigators began interviewing prostitutes and found a woman who experienced a similar assault when she lived in Baton Rouge, Normand said. The Jefferson Sheriff's Office contacted Baton Rouge authorities, who were working on two cases of women that had been assaulted in a similar fashion.
Normand last week stopped short of calling Laurent a serial killer: "I'm not ready to go there yet," he said.
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