Body found in ditch likely missing pregnant teacher, assistant principal arrested

An Assistant Principal Was Charged in the Murder of a Pregnant Teacher
An Assistant Principal Was Charged in the Murder of a Pregnant Teacher

On Tuesday, according to investigators, a woman's body was found in a ditch, and the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office says that it was "possibly" the body of missing pregnant teacher Lyntell Washington.

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Washington, a former "Teacher of the Year" who currently works at Brookstown Middle Magnet Academy, was reported missing on Thursday after her 3-year-old daughter was discovered alone near her vehicle. A search has been underway since Friday, crossing air, land and water.

Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD said that they were waiting for an autopsy to identify the body, because it was "badly decomposed." Therefore, he said, he felt it would be premature to identify the body as Washington's.

"We won't know who this actually is until DNA confirms. They'll do that later on today, hopefully they'll have an autopsy tomorrow," said District Attorney Hillar Moore.

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While the police department will decide charges, Moore said that it is likely that if the body is determined to be Washington's, the person responsible would be arrested for first or second-degree murder with the possibility of a charge of feticide.

Robert Jovantie Marks, the assistant principal at Washington's school, has been arrested in connection with her disappearance and faces charges of aggravated kidnapping and child desertion.

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