Lab identifies remains found behind Hammond home as 31-year-old Iraqi veteran

Lab identifies remains found behind Hammond home as 31-year-old Iraqi veteran
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POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 12:02pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 9:05am

The LSU FACES Laboratory has identified the human remains found behind a residence on Brickyard Road in Hammond, Louisiana, as 31-year-old Iraqi war veteran, Jonathon H. Gordan.

According to the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office, Gordan had been reported missing since January 9, 2014.

Gordan's vehicle had been found abandoned near Strader Road in Ponchatoula, LA. Detectives searched the areas near and around that location, but found no signs of Gordan.

Then on Tuesday, April 22, a homeowner was out plowing the field behind his house when he saw human bones scattered around. Authorities collected the evidence and sent it to the LSU FACES lab for analysis.

Detectives are still investigating Gordan’s disappearance and death. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Gordan, who received a bronze medal for his service and bravery, is survived by his 7-year-old daughter.

Anyone with information about Gordan’s disappearance or death should contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. 

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