Investigators are awaiting preliminary autopsy results to determine the cause and manner of death of the body found floating in the LNVA Canal.

At about 4:40 p.m. yesterday, a passerby phoned our 911 Communications Center to report a body floating in the canal near the 5400 block of N. Major Drive. Patrol Officers arrived and located the body then called for the assistance of the Beaumont Fire Department Dive Team. The Team was able to recover the body.

After an autopsy this morning, which was ordered by Justice of the Peace Nancy Beaulieu, Detectives were able to identify the man as 37-year-old Beaumont resident Joseph Clarke. Detectives made notification of Mr. Clarke’s next of kin this morning.

At this early phase of the investigation, Detectives feel the death may have been accidental, but continue to investigate to insure that no foul play was involved.
Sgt. Rob Flores, Jr.