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Woman's body found in Lake Pontchartrain after unidentified person jumps from Causeway

The body was found in the lake by two people walking near Clearview and Folse, two days after a woman jumped from the Causeway.

METAIRIE, La. — The body of a woman was found in Lake Pontchartrain near Clearview and Folse two days after Causeway Police say a woman jumped off the span near the Metairie side on Saturday.

The body has not been identified nor matched to the woman who jumped in the water, who herself had not been identified. 

Causeway Police had been trying to identify the woman since she was reported to have gone in the water before 5 a.m. Saturday.

Police got an anonymous call around 4:34 a.m. about a woman walking northbound near the 0.8 mile marker on the northbound span of the Causeway, about a mile from the Metairie shore. 

An officer was able to locate the woman, but before he could escort her off the bridge, she began running south on foot, back towards Metairie. When the officer tried to intercept her, according to police, "without warning, she ran to the guardrail and jumped into the lake." 

JPSO, LDWF and Coast Guard ships all searched for her, but the search was suspended Sunday night. 

Credit: Causeway Police

The missing person is described as a white woman, approximately 18-21 years old, standing about 5'6" and weighing between 95 and 115 lbs.

She was wearing a dark plaid flannel shirt and khaki shorts, and was barefoot when she jumped. 

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