NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Officials with the New Orleans Police Department and New Orleans Fire Department responded to a call of a body in Bayou St. John on Monday, Aug. 14.

The body was found near City Park on Moss Street and removed by officers with the NOPD.

A witness who called police said that he was walking by around 4:45 p.m. when he saw something floating in the water.

Upon further inspection, he realized it was a human body and called 911.

He said officers removed the body from the water around 5:00 p.m.

“I saw something floating on the top. I was down here a little bit, and I looked down and I was like hey that’s unusual, so I walked the dogs down to go check it out. The closer I got to it, I could tell there was hair, his old white curly hair. And I was like oh my goodness that’s a body, so I called 911 right away. It looked like an older gentleman. He had a what looked like an arm band on his wrist from like the hospital or something like that,” said witness Cody Harvey.

The Orleans Parish coroner later identified the body as 71-year-old Hilton Wright.

As of now, there is no official word on how he ended up in the water.

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