Coroner: Body of 2-year-old found on levee had been placed in garbage bag

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A 2-year-old boy's body has been found on the Mississippi River levee near the Huey P. Long bridge

ELMWOOD, La. (WGNO) – The 2-year-old boy whose body was found on the Mississippi River levee had been placed in a white garbage bag and could have been there as long as two weeks, the Jefferson Parish coroner said.

The body was found Wednesday evening in the 4900 block of River Road on the east bank of the Mississippi River levee near the Huey P. Long bridge.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said the boy’s parents were questioned at the sheriff’s office Wednesday night. It’s unclear whether they are still in custody or considered persons of interest in the case.

Capt. Daniel  Seuzeneau, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said the sheriff’s office received a call Tuesday night from the boy’s grandmother, who was concerned about the toddler and told deputies she hadn’t seen him in several weeks.

Seuzeneau said deputies started the investigation late Tuesday night, leading them to Jefferson Parish, where “we believe this all happened.”

The coroner’s office said it could take weeks to positively identify the child. The child’s body was found buried in bushes on the levee.