UPDATE: New Orleans police reported that around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the body of an unidentified male was found floating in the Mississippi River. The body was found near St. Peter and Decatur Streets.
The Coroner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death and will release the identity of the victim after notification of family members.
New Orleans police have identified a swimmer that witnesses said went missing after going into the Mississippi River on Tuesday evening.
Dave Hebron, 42, was last seen in the river near St. Peter and Decatur streets swimming toward the Natchez Steamboat docks. A witness who saw him and another man swimming said he called the Coast Guard immediately after Hebron disappeared under the water, about 7 p.m.
Officers from the NOPD’s 8th District responded to a complaint from the area about 7:20 p.m., when the witness told police he saw the two men swimming as he was walking along the river.
One of the men got out of the water and left the area with a woman, the witness said, but Hebron stayed and eventually disappeared.
Police found several items of clothing at the edge of the river near St. Ann and Decatur streets. Witnesses in the area told police that the items, which included a shirt, socks, boots and a cell phone, belonged to the man still in the river.
After examining the items and making contact with his family, police identified Hebron as the missing man. Hebron’s mother told police that he had recently traveled to New Orleans from Jena and that he had been staying at a local homeless shelter.
The New Orleans Fire Department, United States Coast Guard and Harbor Police Department are assisting with search efforts. The investigation is on-going.
The NOPD 8th District Sergeant Ernest Luster is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6080.