- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - A man whacking overgrown grass stumbled upon the skeletal remains of an unidentified person near the Old Ferry Landing in St. Francisville over the weekend.

Lee Willie Swan says he was brush-hogging and had backed up the equipment, when he saw a leg bone. Swan tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1jbWBeg ) he found the remains within the property’s overgrown shrubbery about 1 p.m. Sunday.

The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office says the remains have been sent to the LSU FACES Lab for DNA testing and examination to determine the cause of death. Authorities don’t expect to get results for a few days.

In a news release, spokeswoman Erin Foster said authorities had no information regarding “the race, sex, age or ID of the body.”

Swan said from what he could tell, it looks like a man’s body. “You could still see the clothes they had on; I saw the imprint of a wallet in his pocket,” he said.

Swan said he last brush-hogged the same property about a year ago and the remains weren’t there.

“(The body) had to be dumped there within that time frame,” he said.

Foster said the sheriff’s office has two unsolved missing persons cases from 2012, but made no indications Monday that this case was related to either of them.

The first case involves a Richland Parish man named Shaun Thornhill, 41, who disappeared on the night of Jan. 24, 2012.

“He was staying in a hotel here and hasn’t been seen since,” Foster said. “His truck was found in Natchitoches several days later.”

The second unsolved case involves Glenn Tankersley, 77, who was reported missing by his family on Dec. 5, 2012. “We have never found anything on him,” Foster said.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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