CHANDELEUR ISLANDS—Based on dental records, skeletal remains discovered on one of the Chandeleur Islands in St. Bernard Parish waters on Jan. 22 has been identified as missing Ocean Springs, Ms., police officer Stephen Bond, St. Bernard Chief Deputy Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Bond, 32, had been missing since May 17 of last year, when the 21-foot SeaCraft he was aboard overturned in Dog Keys Pass during a storm about a mile from Horn Island off Mississippi, according to authorities in that state.
Bond and four others were thrown into the Mississippi Sound when their boat toppled and ll except Bond were rescued after 24 hours of floating in the Gulf of Mexico, about 15 miles from where the boat capsized.
A fisherman reported the discovery of the skeletal remains to the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday, Jan. 22, but the St. Bernard Sheriff's Office handled the investigation because the remains were within St. Bernard Parish waters. The remains apparently had been on the island for a some time and no clothing or any form of identification were found, Pohlmann said.
The remains were recovered Saturday, Jan. 23, by a St. Bernard sheriff's detective and officers from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on an island in the Chandeleur Islands chain in St. Bernard waters, Pohlmann said. They were taken Monday, Jan. 25, to the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office to work on identification and possible cause of death.
Several law enforcement agencies with outstanding cases of missing boaters or hunters, including Ocean Springs, contacted St. Bernard sheriff's detectives about the skeletal remains, Pohlmann said.
He said dental records were supplied for missing officer Stephen Bond and a match was determined based on teeth recovered in the skull.
There weren't any obvious signs of trauma to the skull, Pohlmann said, but further testing may be done to try to determine more information.