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Hiker finds body of missing man at US 59 underpass


LIVINGSTON — Investigators are awaiting autopsy results to determine a cause of death for a man found Dec. 28 in the turnaround under U.S. 59 south near the creek, according to Det. Leon Middleton of Livingston Police Department. The body of Jerry D. Landreneau, 56, of Livingston was found at about 3 p.m. Dec. 28 by a woman who was walking alongside the creek looking for arrowheads, Middleton said. “She first stumbled upon his motorcycle then saw his body and called the police, “Middleton said. First responders said it appeared the man had lost control of his motorcycle in the curve and ended up in the woods near the concrete plant, and the crash was not visible from the roadway. His body was taken to Beaumont for an autopsy and results are expected to take about eight weeks. Landreneau had been reported missing by family members in South Houston on Nov. 27. “At least this provides them a little bit of closure,” Middleton said. On Jan. 3, LPD received an autopsy report on Jessica Lynn Burgess, the woman who was found dead in the back seat of her vehicle parked in the parking lot of a local business on Oct. 18, 2012. The preliminary investigation at the scene showed no signs of foul play, according to Middleton. Family members told him that Burgess suffered from numerous health problems. Dr. Bridget Eutenier of Forensic Medical Management Services of Texas documented that Burgess’s manner of death was from natural causes.


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