Body found last week near bridge identified

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SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — Authorities have identified a man found dead near a bridge off Mansfield Road on Friday.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said Monday that the body of 51-year-old Russell Carter Smith Jr. was found after being spotted by a student who was a passenger on a school bus.

KTBS-TV reports ( ) Smith's 2004 Chevy Impala was towed by authorities on Jan. 2 after it was stuck in the mud just off the roadway. His family claimed the car days later from Reynold's Wrecker Service but did not file a missing persons report.

They said it was not uncommon for Smith to take off for periods of time without notice.

Sheriff's Detective Donnie Laney says an official cause of death has not yet been determined; however, foul play was not immediately suspected.

Information from: KTBS-TV,

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