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The East Baton Rouge coroner is trying to identify a body found in the Mississippi River near Plaquemine around 7:50 a.m. Monday,  Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne said.

Payne said a tugboat operator saw the body floating in the river north of the Plaquemine ferry landing and contacted the New Orleans Coast Guard, who then called the Police Department.

After retrieving the body, officers determined there were no signs of foul play so they turned the body over to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office for further identification, Payne said. It was not known Monday when the autopsy would be done.

Payne said the body is not that of Alvin Dixon, 39, an escaped Zachary work release inmate suspected of killing his girlfriend Aug. 26. Baton Rouge police said that they believe he may have jumped from the Interstate 10 bridge, but his body has not been recovered.

"The tattoos do not match," said Payne of Dixon's tattoos compared to those on the body that was found Monday.

Payne said the Baton Rouge Police Department and sheriff's offices in West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, Iberville and East Baton Rouge Parish were notified of the body.