Body found in Mississippi River confirmed as Ronald Green Sr.

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Lt. Col. Bobby Webre reports that the body pulled from the Mississippi River yesterday afternoon in Reserve by St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office authorities has been confirmed to be that of 45-year-old Ronald Green Sr.

An autopsy was performed Friday morning and the body was confirmed to be Green’s body that was identified through dental records due to his body being so badly decomposed.

Eleven months prior, shortly before 2 a.m. on April 17, 2014, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office received a call from a person who indicated that Green called her and said that he had killed his wife and son and planned to jump off the Mississippi River Bridge.

APSO deputies began searching for Green who killed his wife, Dewona, and the couple’s 12-year-old son, Ronald Green Jr. Deputies arrived at the home on Lakeway Cove Drive in Gonzales and found the front door glass shattered and found Dewona and her son dead in a bedroom of the residence. Both had been shot.

All area law enforcement agencies were alerted to the possibility that Ronald Green Sr. had jumped from a bridge and soon afterwards his car was found abandoned and still running on top of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in St. John Parish the morning of April 17.

The body was spotted by a ship’s crewmember around 3 p.m. yesterday, and took authorities approximately two hours to pull the body due to the swift currents from the river, according to St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre.

APSO Detectives believed that it was probable that Green followed through on his stated intention to jump from the bridge, but over the past year, detectives were still pursuing the case as if he were alive, monitoring his financial accounts for possible activity, added Lt. Col. Webre.