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NEW ORLEANS - A body found in the Intracoastal Waterway over the weekend is that of a Reserve man who has been missing since last month.

The coroner's office identified the body taken out of the water near the Paris Road, or green bridge, as that of Kenneth Joseph.

The cause of death for Joseph was drowning and coroner's office investigator John Gagliano said that Joseph's body had likely been in the water for weeks.

Joseph and his wife LaKeitha had been missing since their home was found empty in mid February. Kenneth Joseph had borrowed his sister's car the night before.

LaKeitha's body was also found in a waterway. She was discovered near the 13000 block of Old Gentilly Road about a week before the discovery of Kenneth Joseph's body.

On Feb. 28, a van that was being driven by the couple was found in good condition in an apartment complex in Georgia, with no signs of Kenneth or Lakeitha Joseph. The Fulton County Sheriff's Office said the van was found at a complex in College Park, Ga.

Family members said they last from Lakeitha and Kenneth when they left their home in the 500 block of Homewood Place on Feb. 18.

According to police, Kenneth often borrowed his sister's van, which was found in Georgia, at night but always returned it in the morning before she had to go to work. Family members became suspicious when Kenneth didn't return the van on Feb. 19. They went to couple's home and found it unlocked.

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