A lifeless body of a 42-year-old man was discovered rolled up in a carpet and wrapped in plastic but police said they do not believe there was foul play involved.
Nathan Millard from Covington, Georgia, was reported missing on February 23 after he went to Happy’s Irish Pub on Third Street in downtown Baton Rouge.
His heartbroken wife, Amber Millard, told WSB-TV that he vanished while he was away on a business trip with a client for his company Advanced Construction.
“It’s a nightmare that I wanna wake up from,” she expressed.
The father-of-five, who was staying at the Courtyard Marriott, was last seen on the surveillance video at around 4:30 am on February 23.
His remains were found near Scenic Highway in Baton Rouge at around 3:30 am on March 6. His wallet and phone were found blocks away from the hotel.
Speaking to WBRZ, police said that the severely decomposed remains were noticed by a passerby in a vacant lot.
But Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy J. Paul, Jr. said during a press conference that the preliminary results of an autopsy showed ‘no evidence of internal or external trauma.’
The final autopsy will be carried out after further testing including a toxicology test.
According to reports, police are now waiting for the final autopsy report to determine the manner and cause of death.
Baton Rouge Police Captain Heinz also said that police are investigating how the body of the man ended up there.
“It does appear that he was left there,” Heinz said, “that’s most likely not where he died. I don’t want to go into details on our investigative efforts, but efforts are underway to locate and to talk to whoever may have put him there.”
The grieving family told WAFB that they believe he ‘likely died of an accidental overdose.’
“We will ask whoever put him there if something happened, if there was a moment of panic, come forward. We just want to know what happened to him,” Heinz added.
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