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LSU lab to help authorities ID skeletal remains

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Caddo Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma and LSU's Mary Manhein discuss the case. Caddo Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma and LSU's Mary Manhein discuss the case.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The skeletal remains discovered Tuesday under the Spring Street overpass in Shreveport are headed to the LSU Faces Lab in Baton Rouge.

That's where a team will work to find out who died and the cause of death.

Caddo Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma says authorities might already know whose remains were found out there, but they'll continue collecting evidence to back up their suspicions.

"We have a pretty good idea of who this might be, but once again that's all circumstantial evidence," Thoma says.

Mary Manhein, of the LSU Faces Lab, will help with that chore.

"If there's any trauma on that person, whether it's antimortem, postmortem, or perimortem -- at or around the time of death -- which we are looking for, and help Dr. Thoma to get this person identified."

Manhein's investigation will likely determine how authorities investigate the case. But Thoma says there are no signs the person fell or was thrown from the overpass.

Thoma says they have DNA on file for a missing person who might be associated with the remains, but matching the two could take several weeks.

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