BERWICK, La. (KPEL) -- The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office and the Berwick Police Department are investigating the death of a Bayou Vista man whose body was found just off Hwy. 182.

Traci Landry with the sheriff's office said Wednesday evening the body,  identified as 23-year-old Willie Francis, was found between Old Spanish Trail and Tournament Boulevard in Berwick.

Landry said Francis' vehicle was found the night before parked on the side of the westbound lane of Hwy. 90 with the engine still running. Deputies began a welfare investigation and released information regarding the abandoned vehicle, Landry said.

Francis' last known communication was on Oct. 29 at 10:30 p.m., Landry said.

Police are investigating the death as a homicide, Landry said. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (985) 384-1622 or (337) 828-1960.