New Orleans police on Thursday found themselves called to three different parts of the city where bodies turned up in apparently unrelated deaths.
The trio of grisly discoveries came as the NOPD’s Homicide Division also was working two murders from the previous 24 hours, one in New Orleans East and the other in the Desire neighborhood.
The first body to turn up Thursday was found about 6:30 a.m. on Interstate 10 near Bullard Avenue in New Orleans East. Officers found an unidentified woman’s body on the right shoulder of the highway.
The eastbound side of the interstate was closed for about three hours as police collected evidence and the Coroner’s Office retrieved the woman’s body.
Officer Frank Robertson, a department spokesman, said the woman appeared to have been hit by a vehicle.
Police are trying to determine how she wound up on the interstate and whether she was the victim of a hit-and-run. The NOPD’s Traffic and Homicide units are both involved in the investigation.
Shortly before 7 a.m., police responded to a report of another body, this time in the French Quarter. The body of a man was found lying on the ground near where St. Peter Street approaches the Mississippi River.
Robertson said the unidentified man appeared to have suffered from a medical condition and that no foul play was suspected.
The third body was found at Lee Circle in the Central Business District about 1 p.m. Police said they were investigating the death of an unidentified man.