- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

GAONZALES, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish authorities say they are treating the death of an 18-year-old student found in a Gonzales canal as a homicide.

The body of Alex Rubio was found in the New River Canal on Tuesday. The state police crime lab identified the body using fingerprints. The cause of death was not released.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/2aftyGf ) that Rubio’s body was spotted by a passing motorist Tuesday afternoon.

Jackie Tisdell, public information officer for the Ascension Parish public schools, said Rubio was a student at East Ascension High School.

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