Forensic experts help with identification of body found in Winn Parish

Forensic experts help with identification of body found in Winn Parish

The LSU F.A.C.E.S. team will help identify the body found in Kisatchi National Forest in Winn Parish.

A part of the Kisatchi National Forest became a crime scene on Sunday. That's when a body was discovered in a part of the forest in Winn Parish.

Sabine Parish Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers says from clothing and tattoos found on the body, they believe it's Tony Procell.

"Once I separate the two, the clothing from the body, I still have to identify this body as Tony Procell."

Officials tell us they believe Procell was kidnapped at gunpoint by Robert Barthelemy, a Natchitoches police officer, then left in the forest.

With the severity of the injuries the victim received, they needed the help of LSU F.A.C.E.S. team to reconstruct the face. F.A.C.E.S. stands for "forensic anthropology and computer enhancement services."

Director Mary Manhein traveled from Baton Rouge to Shreveport on Tuesday to meet Rivers at LSU Health Sciences Center. They examined the body together before Manhein headed back to Baton Rouge with evidence.

Manhein will assist in the collection of DNA and the comparison of dental records. 

The F.A.C.E.S. team has worked on hundreds of cases over the years, where they've had to recontruct faces all across the country.

Rivers says it may take two weeks to get the results back or it could take longer.

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