Body of missing Baton Rouge man recovered in Lake Maurepas

Search crews found the deceased body of a missing Baton Rouge man on Lake Maurepas shortly after 7:30am, according to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries.

Taylor Russell, 26, was reported missing around 6:30 p.m. on May 5.

According to other passengers in the 24-foot ski boat, Russell jumped from the boat while they were travelling across Lake Maurepas.  The passengers said they never saw Russell resurface and called 911 shortly thereafter.

Russell was reported to go into the water in between where the Amite and Blind Rivers feed into Lake Maurepas.  According to the operator of the boat, they were returning from the Blind River to return to where they launched on the Tickfaw River to go home.

Russell's body was recovered about a half mile from where he was reported to go into the water and his body was turned over to the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office to determine a cause of death.