Body in Mississipi River identified as Denham Springs woman

The body of a woman who washed up early Thursday at the Convent Marine Terminal on the Mississippi River has been identified as a 42-year-old Denham Springs woman who jumped off the I-10 Bridge early Tuesday in West Baton Rouge Parish.

St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said Friday that Karen Bergeron’s identity was confirmed by her father in Marrero through tattoos on her body. Martin said the identity was later verified with fingerprints.

A Baton Rouge city police officer tried to talk Bergeron down from the Mississippi River bridge early Tuesday, but she jumped about 12:40 a.m., Martin said.

He said the incident happened in West Baton Rouge Parish and the officer reported the incident to that parish’s Sheriff’s Office.

St. James Parish sheriff’s deputies had been reviewing various missing persons reports to identify the body that appeared early Thursday among barges at the terminal, a coal export facility along River Road in Convent in St. James Parish.

Martin said an autopsy conducted Thursday showed Bergeron suffered blunt force trauma to her chest and drowned.