Police identify body found on I-10 as 16-year-old Kaylan Ward

June 9, 2015 | Updated: 10:08 p.m., June 9, 2015

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A photo of Kaylan Ward at a vigil Tuesday, June 9.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The New Orleans Police Department is investigating the death of 16-year-old Kaylan Ward. Ward’s body was discovered Thursday (June 4) on Interstate 10 East Bridge at Bullard Avenue.

According to the NOPD, Ward was last seen wearing a black shirt, black bike shorts, and orange slippers while walking river bound on Earhart Boulevard near Magnolia Street, at approximately midnight. At that time, she was attempting to get a ride to North Miro Street.

Traffic Investigator Anthony Pontiff is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at 658-6205.

The Coroner’s Office will continue to work with NOPD investigators to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.  Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org