Body found in Jeff Davis Parish

JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - Jefferson Davis Parish authorities are investigating how a man died after his body was recovered from a park Monday morning.

Jeff Davis Sheriff Ricky Edwards says the body of 73-year-old John Ambrose Ryan was found at Houssiere's Park near Jennings around 10:40 AM.

His body was found by workers for the Jeff Davis Police Jury floating in the water. Officials say no trauma was noticed on the body, but an autopsy has been ordered.

Authorities don't suspect any foul play at this time. Official cause of death will be determined after completion of the autopsy.

The following is a news release from the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office:

April 4, 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      14:30 HRS

At approximately 10:40 AM this morning, workers for the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury were cleaning at Houssiere's Park located at the end of East Academy Street near Jennings.  The workers observed what they believed to be a body floating in the water.  The Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office was notified by the Police Jury supervisor and all emergency services were dispatched.

Upon arrival law enforcement officials observed a body face-down in the water.  Jennings Fire Department and Rescue Squad pulled the body to shore where authorities were able to identify the body of John Ambrose Ryan, W/M  DOB 01/26/1938.  John's vehicle was parked next to the boat ramp and was locked.  Several of John's personal belongings were found at the end of the boat ramp.  No trauma was noticed on the body and Coroner Dr. Charles Deese examined the body and ordered an autopsy.

A search of his residence was conducted.  No foul play is suspected at this time.   Official cause of death will be determined after completion of the autopsy.