Torso identified as missing New Orleans woman, pathologist confirms

Jaren Lockhart, 22, has been missing since Tuesday. She was last seen by her boyfriend leaving a house on Tulane Avenue around 8pm. (Photo source: NOPD)
Jaren Lockhart, 22, has been missing since Tuesday. She was last seen by her boyfriend leaving a house on Tulane Avenue around 8pm. (Photo source: NOPD)

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - As more body parts wash up on South Mississippi's beaches, officials now say they are 100 percent positive the torso found in Bay St. Louis Thursday belongs to Jaren Lockhart of New Orleans. The 22-year-old has been missing since Tuesday.

According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, a calf washed ashore around 6am Saturday morning on the Beach in Pass Christian in front of Emerald Avenue.

About an hour and a half later a thigh was found in front of Holiday Drive in Pass Christian. Just before 8am a head was found at Pitcher Point in Long Beach. A fourth body part was discovered around 11am in Pass Christian.

Thursday evening just before 6pm, a torso was found on the beach in Bay St. Louis.

Officials had said it would be next week before DNA results would give a positive identification. But the pathologist in the case told WLOX News Saturday that the victim is Lockhart. Officials wouldn't say if that determination would made based on DNA or identification of body parts.

Authorities are along the beach looking for more body parts. All the remains found in Harrison County Saturday have been turned over to Hancock County investigators.

Stay tuned to WLOX.com and WLOX News for more on this developing story as new details become available.

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