Coroner finds gunshot wound on body pulled from Lake Pontchartrain. Death will now be investigated as a homicide.


NEW ORLEANS — On the morning of March 15, the New Orleans Coroner provided an update on the victim in this incident.

The body of 21-year-old Marquise Jones was pulled from Lake Pontchartrain on March 11.

The preliminary cause of death is listed as a gunshot wound, according to the coroner.

This case will now be investigated as a homicide.

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Police Department says a boater was running crab traps and came across a body floating in Lake Pontchartrain.

The boater called 911 and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office responded.

The the unidentified body was recovered by Members of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Land, Air, and Sea Emergency Rescue Division (LASER) around 3:16 p.m. 

WGNO reporter Chris Welty was on the scene and tweeted images via his personal Twitter account.

NOPD believes the body was initially in Orleans Parish and has taken over the investigation.

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