Official: Washed-Up Body is New Orleans Woman

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) -- A Hancock County investigator says evidence indicates that a dismembered body that washed up in Mississippi belongs to Jaren Lockhart.

Lockhart, 22, went missing Tuesday.

A female torso with a stab wound was found washed ashore Thursday in Bay St. Louis.

Saturday, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said that a fisherman found a lower leg portion early Saturday morning in Pass Christian.

Authorities then found an upper leg portion nearby, and a head just to the west in Long Beach.

Hancock County Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan tells the Sun Herald that "circumstantial evidence and reasonable facts" show the body is that of Lockhart. He said a positive confirmation will be made through DNA, he said.

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