Man’s body found in St. Amant driveway

A sheriff’s deputy late Friday found a man’s body in a St. Amant driveway on Stringer Bridge Road, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.

The man was identified Saturday afternoon as Fred Martin Jr., 37, of Ascension Parish, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Allison Hudson said in a news release.

Deputies received a call of a suspicious man on Penny Duplessis Road about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Hudson said. The caller reported that the man was walking down the dead end street and appeared nervous.

A deputy who was sent to investigate saw a car in a ditch on the side of Stringer Bridge Road, near where the suspicious person had been spotted.

When the deputy got out to investigate, “he noticed a body in a driveway near the vehicle,” Hudson said.

She said Martin’s cause of death is still under investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office urged anyone with information to contact them at (225) 621-4636, or by sending an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP.