Missing boater’s body found in Terrebonne Parish

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TERREBONNE PARISH, La. (WDSU) —

A missing boater’s body was found in Terrebonne Parish Thursday.

According to the Terrebonne Parish sheriff, the body of a Chauvin man was recovered from the water near the intersection of Bayou Terrebonne and the Bush Canal.

A multi-agency search began for the boater Wednesday afternoon.

Col. Terry Daigre, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy, said dispatchers received a call shortly after noon Wednesday from a boater who said he saw a small, unoccupied vessel with its motor still running in the water near Bush Canal and Bayou Terrebonne.

TPSO Water Patrol deputies responded and located the vessel, then initiated a search for its owner. The U.S. Coast Guard and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also responded, as did the Montegut Fire Department.

One of the deputies and a Montegut firefighter continued searching throughout the night and were still searching at 6:17 a.m. Thursday when they spotted a body in the water, later identified as Roy LeBeouf, 68.

“We extend our condolences to this man’s family,” Daigre said. “We also wish to thank the agencies that worked this case and, in particular, Chief Toby Henry, of the Montegut Fire Department, and his staff. During this search a number of local boaters volunteered to assist and joined in the effort. They are proof that in times of trouble, members of our communities show up when it counts and are always willing to help each other. We are grateful for their efforts, too.”

The Terrebonne Parish Coroner’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will continue their investigations concerning cause of death and the cause of the incident. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

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