UPDATE: 14-year-old’s body found in Ponchatoula woods. Deputies ask if anyone recognizes tattoo?

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UPDATE 7/2/21, 6:00 PM: Police have identified the body of the unknown female to be Taysia Folse, 14, a runaway from the New Orleans area.

TPSO authorities report that Folse’s body was found Wednesday evening in a secluded wooded area by a driver who was passing the area, who noticed what appeared to be a “lifeless body lying in a grassy area.”

There were no signs of physical trauma to her body and a cause of death has yet to be determined.

Police continue to seek information that will help piece together the last moments of Folse’s life. Anyone who may recognize the artwork of a recent tattoo on Folse’s forearm (pictured), or with any other information is asked to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (985)345-6150 or Crimestoppers at (800)554-5245.

PONCHATOULA, La. — The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in identifying the body of an unknown female found East of Ponchatoula.

The female is believed to be approximately 5’6 with a medium-large build. She also has a tattoo on her left forearm of two jester masks with a script that reads “Smile Now, Cry Later.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (985)345-6150 or Crimestoppers at (800)554-5245.

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