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UPDATE: The Body of Drowning Victim Has Been Located

EVANGELINE PARISH – Update: The body of Rod Fontenot has been located and all search efforts have been terminated at this time.

According to Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office a search is underway for a missing person feared to have possibly drowned in Bayou Nezpique.

On the afternoon of January 12, 2020, Deputies were dispatched out to the area of Bond Road at Chretien Lane in reference to a possible drowning of a white male subject identified as Rod Fontenot. Rod and his brother Bryan Fontenot were out duck hunting in Bayou Nezpique when their boat collided with a log causing it to overturn having them flip out into the bayou. Both brothers were able to successfully swim back to the bank near the Bayou. However, Rod entered the Bayou again in an effort to retrieve the boat. Once into the water he went under and never resurfaced.

Louisiana State Wildlife and Fisheries, 1st Responders, Fire Departments from both Mamou and Ville Platte all responded to assist in locating Rod in Bayou Nezpique. The search continued for approximately 4 hours before concluding due to the approach of night fall.

The Search has resumed as of 7 am this morning and is currently underway with the assistance of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, Louisiana State Wildlife and Fisheries Department, Mamou and Ville Platte Fire Departments.

Deputies and Detectives from Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Investigations Division are also on scene assisting as well.

There is no further information at this time but the Sheriff’s Office will release updates as new information arises.