Sheriff: Remains found on St. Gabriel levee bank those of Grosse Tete woman who jumped off bridge _lowres

Marlena David Kauffman

The human remains discovered along the levee bank in St. Gabriel last week were those of a 38-year-old woman who jumped off the Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge in February, Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi reported Thursday morning.

Stassi said LSU Faces Lab confirmed that the woman was Marlena David Kauffman, of Grosse Tete. Stassi said it was reported the woman jumped off the bridge Feb. 7.

The Sheriff’s Office launched its investigation into the remains Thursday after a fisherman walking along the levee discovered the bones near La. 74 and La. 75 in St. Gabriel.

Stassi said investigators believe the remains were washed ashore by the Mississippi River and not dumped at the site.