Body found during search for missing Vicksburg woman

Published 5:59 pm Sunday, November 6, 2016

ST. CHARLES PARISH, La. — Officials in Louisiana announced Sunday they have discovered a body during the search for missing Vicksburg resident Larrielle Ross.

In a press release Sunday evening, the St. Charles Parish, La., Sheriff’s Office said a body, believed to be Ross, was discovered early Sunday.

Ross was reported missing last week from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ mat sinking unit.

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The release said the body’s identity would be confirmed after dental records are provided and an autopsy is performed Tuesday. The name will be released once a positive identification is made.

According to the sheriff’s office, the body was discovered about 6:57 a.m. Sunday by employees of Magnolia Fleet, who were on barge, saw a body floating in the river and notified authorities.

Ross, 20, of Vicksburg, was a temporary galley worker on the barge where mat sinking unit employees live and eat while working on the unit. She was reported missing Wednesday while the barge was moored near Norco, La.

After she was reported missing, units from the Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies participated in the search.


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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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