A body found Wednesday morning in the Mississippi River near Norco in St. Charles Parish was identified as a missing Vacherie man suspected of attacking three women, killing two of them, authorities said.
Kylan M. Laurent, 22, had jumped off the Veterans Memorial Bridge near Gramercy into the river Aug. 23 as state troopers pursued him in a chase that began in St. James Parish.
On Wednesday, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified Laurent through his fingerprints after an autopsy, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Laurent, who was “a person of interest” in nonfatal attacks in Baton Rouge, was found last week to have a collection of 22 cellphones that led investigators to suspect he may have targeted more than three women, authorities said.
Fortunato said investigators were going through cellphone records and trying to find physical evidence to determine whether Laurent was at the scene of additional crimes.
Valero Refinery employees spotted the body in the river at 8:19 a.m. Wednesday about 75 yards from the refinery dock, St. Charles Parish sheriff’s deputies said in a news release.
While Laurent remained missing late last week, arrest warrants were issued for him in the strangulation or asphyxiation of two women believed to have been prostitutes and an alleged choking attack that left a third suspected prostitute unconscious.
Those attacks were at motels in Harvey, Metairie and Kenner earlier this month in Jefferson Parish, according to Kenner police and sheriff’s reports.
Authorities found Laurent had two of those victims’ cellphones. They were in his car left parked on the bridge and other phones were found in two St. James Parish homes.