Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office reported Saturday that it was a Hammond man whose body was recovered Friday from the Mississippi River, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The Sheriff’s and Coroner’s offices made the identification of Jmarcus Raphael Watson, 24, through his fingerprints, the release says. The preliminary findings of an autopsy conducted Saturday by the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office revealed that Watson likely drowned.
Investigators believe Watson was not wearing a flotation device.
Final results from the toxicology tests are pending, though, the release says, and the U.S. Coast Guard continues to investigate the incident.
The captain of the Plaquemines Pride Ferry found Watson’s body around 7:30 a.m. Friday floating near the Scarsdale Ferry landing on the east bank of the river.
Crew members aboard the Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District vessel Port Authority I responded and pulled Watson’s body from the water about 20 minutes later.
Watson, from the 200 block of George Perkins Drive, was last seen alive Wednesday during a shift change at 4 p.m. aboard the towboat Melissa Lee, where he worked as a deckhand, the release says. The vessel was docked on the west bank batture of the river in New Orleans near river mile marker 88, the release says.
Family members have been notified, the release says.