Police identify decomposed human remains found near Slidell

Tony Bennett photo courtesy Slidell Police

SLIDELL, LA – Using DNA technology,  St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston  has positively identified the human remains as Tony “Tiger” Bennett.

Bennett was last seen at a motel in Slidell in December 2017.

He was 40-years-old when he went missing.

An interstate clean-up crew discovered what appeared to be human remains Tuesday morning.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development had a crew working adjacent to I-10 near Slidell.

Detectives say property found near the body led them to believe the remains belonged to Bennett..

The workers observed the badly decomposed human remains while clearing debris along the interstate right-of-way.

Deputies with STPSO responded to the call around 10:15 A.M. on Tuesday morning.

Officers were dispatched to an area near I-10 between Gause Boulevard and the I-10/ I-12/ I-59 split.

Officials say the remains were found under an interstate bridge.

Investigators have turned the remains over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for identification.

There were no immediate signs indicating foul play and the investigation is ongoing.

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