Mysterious death of Hammond man continues to baffle investigators 13 years later

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 5:00pm

The mysterious death of a 23-year-old man from Hammond continues to baffle investigators 13 years after it happened. Officials hope someone can provide information that will help put this case to rest.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted on April 12, 2000 regarding a missing person. Joseph David Hayden’s belongings were all in tact, but he was no where to be found.

His mother told investigators that they had dinner the night before and he related that he was upset about an existing relationship.

The next day Hayden’s body was found in a field nearby his home on Olivia Holton Road. An autopsy was conducted, but little information was gained.

There were no visible indicators on his body to show physical harm. An autopsy was conducted, but that too revealed little. The toxicology report showed that he did not have anything in his system at the time of his death. The official cause of death was listed as “unknown.”

Investigators hope someone can provide missing insight in this case. If you know anything regarding the mysterious death of Joseph Hayden, call (985) 902-2088.


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