Skull found

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Robert Alexis of St. Amant

UPDATE:

Ascension Parish LT. Col. Bobby Webre reports that additional skeletal remains were located in the wooded area near where the skull was found and identified as Robert Alexis of St. Amant by FACES Lab Director Mary Manheim and her anthropologist team. The identification was made from the drivers license that was found in the wallet under Alexis' skeletal remains.

47-year-old Alexis was reported missing on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 by family members. During the course of the missing persons investigation authorities discovered that Alexis' vehicle was found in a ditch on Beco Road the next day, Sunday, January 20, 2008. An eyewitness also identified Alexis walking away from the vehicle headed towards Highway 429.

Through an extensive investigation by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, all leads were exhausted and the whereabouts of Alexis was unknown until the discovery was made by the hunters on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Original report:

On Sunday, Oct. 28, at approximately 5:30 p.m. Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a call where two men found what appeared to be a human skull while they were hunting in a wooded area between Highway 429 and Highway 22.

Major Kevin Hanna reported that investigators are working with the Ascension Parish Coroner's Office and an anthropologist from Baton Rouge to determine the race, sex, and approximate age of the skull. Additionally, all three entities are scouring the wooded area for any clues that would assist in revealing the identity of the skull.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available, Hanna said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).