UPDATE: Human remains found in Orange County positively identified

UPDATE: Human remains found in Orange County positively identified

Human remains discovered in Orange County on March 19 have been positively identified as 25-year-old David Van Nguyen of Port Arthur, missing since March 6 and the subject of an extensive search after his car was discovered March 7 on top of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

According to a news release from OCSO, authorities identified Nguyen on March 20, the day after his body reportedly washed ashore on a beach under the Rainbow Bridge, which runs parallel to the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Investigators initially expected the body was Nguyen's, reports OCSO. He was reported missing by family members on March 7 and his car was discovered the same day. After an extensive search and rescue effort, authorities were unable to locate the missing man.

"Cold water temperatures tend to keep a person submerged until the water temperature rises," OCSO explained in a news release.

When he was found on March 19, Nguyen's body was transported to the Jefferson County Morgue for an autopsy into the cause of death. The preliminary autopsy report indicates the cause of death was drowning. No foul play is suspected. 

The family has been notified by authorities.

See related report: www.theexaminer.com/stories/news/body-discovered-orange-county-believed-be-missing-man.