Bruised Body Found In Park

New Orleans Times-Picayune, 18 Aug 1963, 1, col 2


[Newspaper photo caption reads] Police investigators measure the distance along the path that the body of a middle-aged man was dragged in Audubon Park near the riverfront. Police said the body was pulled from the roadway to the position shown behind a tree. The case is being investigated (Story on Page 1.)

Death of Man Probed by Orleans Police Picture in Sec. 1, Page 18

Police Saturday were investigating the mysterious death of a middle-aged man whose bruised body was discovered in Audubon Park.

The dead man’s body was found about 6:30 a.m. behind a tree some 30 feet from a roadway on River dr. near Shelter No. 7 in the uptown park.

An autopsy indicated he had suffered a fractured larynx, cerebral hemorrhage and multiple abrasion. Although the coroner’s office has not yet determined the cause of death, it has been attributed to either an accident or homicide.


August Bertrand, Negro, 63, 7470 Hurst, a grass cutter em- ployed by Audubon Park, said he found the body as he left the park office on his tractor to begin work.

The body was found lying face down, and was dressed in khaki trousers and a khaki shirt and wearing heavy brown boots.

The man was described as slightly balding with his remaining hair beginning to gray.

A cigarette lighter was found 40 feet from the body.

There was no identification on the body. Drag marks led from the road to the tree where the body was found.


Dr. Lloyd Locascio, assistant coroner, estimated the man had been dead since between midnight and 2 a.m. There were no tire marks on the roadway and no shattered glass.

The victim had only a few coins in his pocket. The dead man’s face was cut and there was a small amount of blood on the ground beneath his head. Police said he was dragged by his feet. Efforts are being made to identify the man through his fingerprints, police said.


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