Human remains found near the old ferry landing in West Feliciana in July have been identified as 58-year-old Kenneth Dwayne Bennett, a Baton Rouge man reported missing in April, the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
Investigators have not found any evidence of foul play, sheriff’s spokeswoman Erin Foster said, noting that authorities have found no indication of injuries such as gunshot or stabbing wounds. They have not ruled out suicide or a fatal accident, she said.
Sheriff J. Austin Daniel said Bennett’s wallet and ID were found near the skeletal remains, but authorities wanted to wait for the official DNA results from the State Police Crime Lab before releasing the name publicly.
“Rushing to put out a name was not in the best interest of the deceased or his family members,” Daniel said.
In early August, the vehicle identified as belonging to Bennett was found at the bottom of the ferry landing ramp, submerged in the Mississippi River. The water level at that time was very low and a boater noticed the submerged vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Foster said deputies would continue to work with the parish Coroner’s Office to determine a precise cause of death.
Attempts to reach Bennett’s family Thursday afternoon for comment were unsuccessful.