A man found dead floating in the Mississippi River on May 12 has been identified as a 27 year old from Houma _lowres

Anthony Ferguson (Louisiana state police)

A body found floating in the Mississippi River on May 12 has been identified as a 27-year-old from Houma.

Anthony Ferguson‘s body was recovered after an hours-long recovery operation on May 12 near Port Sulphur, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco said in a news release.

Ferguson’s identity had eluded authorities for weeks. The corpse was found in a state of extreme decomposition, and police initially had little to go on other than a macabre tattoo of a skull found on the body’s left chest. But the Louisiana State Police crime lab was able to use DNA to positively identify Ferguson on May 27.

Ferguson’s car was discovered abandoned on the Crescent City Connection on March 11. Matey said she would not speculate about whether Ferguson committed suicide, but that no foul play was suspected in his death.

Ferguson was a former marine convicted of aggravated sexual assault and pornography involving a minor in 2010. He was released in 2013.

Matey could not immediately say whether DNA collected during Ferguson’s period in custody was used to identify his body.

According to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office sex offender registry, Ferguson had one other identifying mark on his body, aside from the tattoo: Cuts on his skin spelled out “forgive me.”