The body of a 24-year-old man was discovered Friday morning in a drainage canal at Independence Street and the I-10 service road in Metairie.
An eyewitness told Jefferson Parish Sheriff's investigators that he met the man Thursday afternoon on the canal bank and sat and shared some drinks before deciding to leave around 8:30 p.m. As he was leaving, he saw the victim jump into the canal to go swimming.
When he returned to the canal around 8:00 a.m. Friday, the eyewitness discovered the body in the water and called 911.
There were no signs of trauma on the body and an autopsy will be conducted to find the cause of death.
The JPSO has not yet released the man's identity pending notification to next of kin.