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Retired Louisiana priest identified as one of two people found 'burned beyond recognition'

NBC affiliate WDSU of New Orleans reported that the priest's associate Ruth Prats is missing.

A priest was identified as one of the two people police found "burned beyond recognition" in Covington, Louisiana, on Monday.

The bodies of the Rev. Otis Young Jr. and a second person were found at about 7 a.m. on East Gibson Street, Covington police said on Facebook.

Father Otis Young.
The Rev. Otis Young Jr.Archdiocese of New Orleans

A suspect, Antonio Donde Tyson, 49, was arrested and booked on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping, obstruction of justice, resisting an officer and the illegal possession of stolen things, police said.

Further details about the killings have not been released.

A spokesperson for the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office said Young, 71, died from sharp and blunt force trauma. His death was classified as a homicide.

The office is using DNA to identify the second victim, a woman, the spokesperson said. NBC affiliate WDSU of New Orleans reported that Young's associate Ruth Prats is missing.

St. Peter Parish said in a statement Tuesday that it was "devastated."

"We are deeply saddened, and ask that you join us in praying for Fr. Otis and Ruth, who is still listed as a missing person, as well as for their families," the church said, adding that the suspect has no affiliation with it.