A first-degree murder and simple robbery arrest warrant was issued Thursday against a Vacherie man missing since he jumped off a Mississippi River bridge near Gramercy on Tuesday, the Kenner police chief said.
Officers found a slain woman’s driver’s license, cellphone and debit and credit cards after a search Wednesday of Kylan M. Laurent’s 2005 black Chevrolet Impala, Police Chief Steve Caraway said.
Laurent, 22, abandoned the Impala atop the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Tuesday after a high-speed pursuit by Louisiana State Police that began on La. 18 in St. James Parish.
Laurent leaped from the bridge into the Mississippi River about 165 feet below.
Despite two and a half days of searching that included helicopter passes and scans of the river bottom with sonar, Laurent remained unaccounted for by Thursday night, troopers said.
Trooper Russell Graham II, spokesman for Troop A, said the search would continue Friday.
“We’ve got the arrest warrant out an abundance of caution in case he (Laurent) is still alive,” Police Chief Caraway said.
Troopers have not ruled out the remote chance Laurent survived the apparent 16-story fall.
Laurent is also a suspect in crimes in East Baton Rouge Parish, including a case of aggravated battery and false imprisonment.
Trooper Graham said Baton Rouge investigators are not releasing information on the cases while the cases remain under investigation.
Anita McDonald, 22, of Flood, Miss., was found Monday strangled, partially clothed in her bed in a room at a Comfort Suites Airport motel in the 2700 block of Idaho Avenue in Kenner, Caraway has said.
Laurent also has been identified as a person of interest in a homicide and an assault against two other women at Jefferson Parish motels, troopers have said.
In each of the Jefferson Parish cases, women with out-of-state ties were bound and attacked. Two were strangled or suffocated; a third was choked but survived, according to reports and officials.
Jefferson Parish and Kenner officials said Thursday the three women have prior prostitution arrests or are suspected of being involved in prostitution based on their use of social media.
Caraway said Kenner officers also turned up cellphone calls between Laurent and McDonald and learned he found her through a social media site where she had a posting.
Caraway said officers found surveillance video showing Laurent entering the Comfort Suites 1 p.m. Monday and leaving a little over an hour later.
Caraway said investigators think McDonald was killed about 2 p.m., though her body wasn’t found until 10 p.m.
Col. John Fortunato, Jefferson Parish sheriff’s spokesman, said deputies would not comment on what they have learned about Laurent until they have evidence that a known person can be placed at the scenes of the crimes under investigation.