The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office identified the “skeletonized” remains found on Waverly Drive last week as a Baton Rouge man, but the office has not determined how the man died.
Dental records were used to identify the remains of Christopher Martin Schlechte, 1050 Waverly Drive, Coroner William “Beau” Clark said in a news release Wednesday.
Clark said Schlechte’s body was found alongside his home by a utility worker about 9 a.m. June 16.
Schlechte’s longtime friend Lt. David Grunewald, of the Sheriff’s Office, who had driven him for emergency dental care several years ago, was able to recall the name of Schlechte’s dentist.
With the help of the LSU FACES lab and Deputy Coroner and dentist John Vance, the Coroner’s Office was able to make the identification, Clark said.
Clark said last week Louisiana’s hot, humid weather may have contributed to the body’s rapid decomposition.
Clark said the FACES Lab is continuing its analysis of Schlechte’s remains as the investigation continues to determine the manner and cause of Schlechte’s death.