John David Mercer  /  AP
Kam Phengsisomboun, a Luong-Phan family spokesman shows photos of missing Hannah Luong, 2, left, and Ryan Phan, 3, whose body was recovered on Sunday.
updated 1/15/2008 4:03:15 PM ET 2008-01-15T21:03:15

The body of one of four children allegedly tossed from a coastal Alabama bridge by their father was found Tuesday in a Mississippi bayou, authorities said.

Kate Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Mobile County Sheriff's Department, said the body was found by a Mississippi marine resources crew in an inlet near Pascagoula.

The identity of the child was not immediately confirmed but was believed to be one of four young children allegedly thrown from the Dauphin Island bridge by their father, 37-year-old Lam Luong.

The bodies of 3-year-old Ryan Phan and his 4-month-old brother, Danny Luong, were recovered over the weekend in waters a few miles west of the 80-foot-tall coastal bridge, where authorities said the father tossed all four children Jan. 7 after a fight with his wife, Kieu Phan, 23.

The bodies of the last two — Hannah Luong, 2, and Lindsey Luong, 1 — were sought Tuesday as the search covered an area extending from the Alabama coast west to Pascagoula.

The search began Jan. 8 after prosecutors said the father broke down and confessed to driving the children to the two-lane bridge and throwing them into the water. Luong later recanted, claiming two Asian women took the children and never returned them.

Luong, 37, a shrimp boat worker who had moved the family back to the bayou area after living about two years in Hinesville, Ga., remained jailed in Mobile without bond on four capital murder charges.

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