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Man found dead on banks of Bayou St. John; NOPD investigating as murder

NOPD officials tell WWLTV's Paul Murphy that the crime seems to have been committed elsewhere and the body was brought to the shores of the bayou.

NEW ORLEANS — A dead body was spotted Friday morning by a New Orleans cyclist in Bayou St. John, a police spokesperson said. 

Police are investigating the killing as a homicide.

Members of the New Orleans Police Department at the scene tell WWL-TV's Paul Murphy that the crime seems to have been committed elsewhere, but the body was moved to the shores of the bayou near Robert E. Lee and Wisner boulevards.

The body was discovered around 7:30 a.m., by 9:46 a.m., NOPD homicide investigators were involved, a police spokesperson said.

Initially, the killing was unclassified, but later, after a New Orleans Coroner's Office crew arrived at the scene, it was officially labeled a homicide.

City Park officials are on the scene as well since they maintain both sides of Bayou St. John.

"It's tragic that that happens in the city and it's certainly tragic to think that it happened this close to the park," Rob DeViney, COO of City Park said.

Anyone willing to share information that can help police in the investigation can call CrimeStoppers at 504.822.1111 or toll-free 1.877.903.7867

After an autopsy, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will release the victim's name and the official cause of death but not before getting in touch with the victim's family.

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