Zachary police release new details on ‘Tragic Accident’ that claimed the life of missing man’s long-time wife

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UPDATE:

Authorities have identified the victim in Wednesday’s accident as 79-year old Mildred Pierce of Zachary, LA.

Mildred is the long-time wife of missing Zachary resident, Welton “Wick” Pierce.

According to authorities, officers from the Zachary Police Department responded to witness reports of a vehicle leaving the roadway and becoming submerged in a body of water on Lower Zachary Road.

The initial investigation revealed that this crash occurred as Mildred was traveling West on Lower Zachary Rd. in a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicle left the roadway for reasons still under investigation. Investigating officers have determined that this incident was a tragic accident. 

Zachary Police Chief David McDavid offered his condolences, “Our hearts are with the Pierce family as they process this unimaginable loss. While the family is now grieving the unexpected loss of Mildred, they ask that citizens reinvigorate efforts to bring Wick home.”

According to McDavid, Wick suffers from medical conditions which may cause him to be confused. Wick nor his white 2002 GMC Sierra LA license plate #W144768 have been seen since October 27th. 

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Welton “Wick” Pierce should call the Zachary Police Department at (225)654-9393. 

UPDATE:

One person is dead following Wednesday’s incident in which a car veered off a roadway into a pond off Lower Zachary Road.

ORIGINAL:

The Zachary Police Department is investigating a submerged car in a pond off the 7500 block of Lower Zachary Road. Authorities have recovered a body from the car, and that person is being examined.

According to Chief David McDavid, a call came in around 2:45-3:00pm that a car veered off the roadway into a pond.

Zachary police officers, Zachary fire department officials and EBRSO rescue officials responded to the scene and into the pond.

The officers were eventually pulled out of the water for safety reasons.

The car sank, while rescue divers were able to remove one person from the car.

This is a developing story. Watch NBC Local 33 News at 5:00 and FOX 44 News at 5:30 for updates.

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