EDGARD, Louisiana — The body of a man accused of killing his son and estranged wife 11 months ago has been found in the Mississippi River.
Ronald Green Sr., 44, had been missing since April 17, when his estranged wife, Dewona, and their 12-year-old son, Ronald Green Jr., were shot and killed in their Gonzales home, The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/1xmNizo) reported.
She had filed for divorce two days earlier.
The body was recovered Thursday and identified Friday from dental records, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said.
A tugboat crew member saw the body floating near Reserve early Thursday afternoon, but it took about two hours to recover it because of the swift river currents, authorities said.
That ended speculation that Green had faked his suicide and escaped — a theory that Webre said investigators never believed because there were no reports about him and no electronic record after April 17.
"When a person in this day and age doesn't leave an electronic footprint, anywhere," it's highly unusual, he said.
The body wasn't far from the Veterans Memorial Bridge in St. John the Baptist Parish, where Green's car was found, abandoned and still running, on April 17. It probably had been caught by underwater debris, Webre said.
"I'm glad that they found him," said Dewona Green's mother, Linda Wright. "People were saying he was in Mexico, he was here, he was there. It ends the guessing game.
"I never had any hatred in my heart toward him, but I knew he had to pay for what he did to my children."
Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com