- Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

PORT SULPHUR, La. (AP) - Authorities have identified a body with a skull tattoo found floating in the Mississippi River two weeks ago as a 27-year-old man from Houma.

Multiple news outlets report Anthony Ferguson’s body was recovered after a lengthy effort May 12 near Port Sulphur. Ferguson’s identity had eluded authorities for weeks because the corpse was found in a state of extreme decomposition.

The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab was able to use DNA to positively identify Ferguson May 27.

Ferguson’s car was found abandoned on March 11. A State Police spokeswoman says foul play was not 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.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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