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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Press Release

Date:  08/06/2017

(FAIRVIEW ALPHA, LA)-Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Red River Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office, and the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office are on the scene of a body found underneath a bridge on the Grappes Road near Fairview Alpha in north Natchitoches Parish according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

On Sunday afternoon August 6 at approximately 1:12pm, the N...PSO 911 Center received a 911 call from a couple traveling through the area reporting a body underneath a bridge on Grappes Bluff Road approximately ¼ quarter off of La. Hwy 480.

Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to the scene discovering a body beneath the bridge.

Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division, Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office and Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office responded and currently remain on scene.

Crime Scene Technicians from the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office who specialize in collecting crime scene evidence are responding to process the crime scene.

According to Natchitoches Parish Asst. Coroner Steven Clanton, the body will be sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

It appears the body has been underneath the bridge for several days.

The scene remains active.
No identification has been made on the body.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones and Red River Parish Sheriff Glen Edwards are on scene.

Both Natchitoches Parish and Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office are currently actively investigating missing person cases, however, at this point we will not speculate to the identity of the body until it has been examined and identified by a forensic pathologist.

Sheriff Victor Jones said we are working in the early stages of this investigation with assistance from the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches District Attorney’s Office and Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office therefore information at this time is limited as we continue to investigate and process the crime scene.

We ask that the public stay away from the crime scene while detectives work the scene and collect evidence.

If you have any information regarding this investigation please contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 357-7830 or the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office at 932-4221.

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