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Body of Woman Found in Mississippi River

Police suspect it is the woman reported missing April 28th

Monday, May 4, 2009 - 9:54pm

The body recovered from the Mississippi River this afternoon has been tentatively identified as that of KAYLA COX BJORNDAHL, 21, of Clay Center, Kansas who was visiting family in Denham Springs, Louisiana. The presumptive identification is based on clothing, tattoos and other unique personal distinguishing characteristics. Positive confirmation through fingerprints is still pending.

Bjorndahl was reported as a missing person by her family to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office on April 28th. Her car was found in the parking lot of the Pastime Restaurant and Lounge, 252 South Blvd., on the morning of May 2nd. Her body was spotted in the river south of the old downtown dock by a transient around 4:30pm today and recovered by the Baton Rouge Police Department Dive Rescue Team.

An autopsy will be performed by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, probably tomorrow, to try and determine cause of death.