Second body found in Lake Pontchartrain

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Posted on April 29, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 29 at 10:22 PM

Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS -- A second body is now awaiting identification at the Orleans Parish Coroner's office, after it was pulled from Lake Pontchartrain Friday evening.

It is the second body found in the lake in as many days and it comes on the fifth day of a search for Aaronne Mitchell and Aaronne Russell. The two brother were last seen near the old Lincoln Beach at Lake Pontchartrain on Easter Sunday.

The St. Tammany Sheriff's confirmed they found the body of a small-statured male, about a mile from the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, in the Bayou Liberty area. Deputies told Eyewitness News the body was badly decomposed and they could not tell the race. The news is hitting the family of the teens hard.

"At this point, we don't know what to think or what to feel. We're just numb. We're tired, we're worn out," said Demetra Dixon, the missing teens' aunt.

On Thursday, investigators pulled another body out of the lake near the Rigolets, about 20 miles from where the teens were last seen. On Friday night, family members went to the Orleans Coroner's Office to try and get some answers, but were told they would have to wait until Monday for a forensic dentist to check if either of the bodies may be the missing teens.

"I just feel like something can be done sooner," said Deshonda Griffin, another aunt of the teens. "I mean we're continuing to search with hope -- and I mean, if it's something that can be done sooner and give some kind of relief to us, whether it's the boys or not, we would know where to go from there."

"At least let us know our looking is still not in vain," Dixon said. "We still want to find out where they are and we just have to sit and wait and twiddle our thumbs and wonder and worry and be stressed to wonder if these boys are ours or not. We don't like it. We're not happy with it at all."

Despite the discovery of another body on Friday, family members said they plan to continue searching around Lake Pontchartrain this weekend.

 

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