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Plaquemines Parish, La.- Police investigated a single car accident in the Myrtle Grove area in which a vehicle was driven into the water and the driver was missing on Thursday just before midnight.
The missing person has been identified as 32-year-old Victor Manuel Navarro, who investigators say is temporarily residing in Plaquemines Parish for work and is originally from Hammond.
The caller, who is a friend of the Navarro's, stated that he had received a call from him at approximately 10:36 p.m., when Navarro said that he had driven his vehicle, a white-colored 2011 Dodge Ram pick-up truck in the water, that the interior was filing up with water and he could not open the doors.
The caller stated that he arrived in the area a short time later and searched for Navarro for nearly an hour before he called the police.
The caller reported that Navarro had been drinking alcohol at a local bar prior to the crash and believed the accident was caused by his impairment and Louisiana State Police Troop B is conducting the crash investigation.
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office arrived on the scene and searched the area for the vehicle and Navarro, but did not find anything. In addition, the United States Coast Guard Sector New Orleans also assisted in the search of Navarro using a helicopter.
At approximately 6:45 a.m., the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office received a call from a passing boater who stated that he observed what appeared to be a white vehicle in the middle of the Myrtle Grove Canal. Deputies relocated to the area of the 100 block of Swallow Lane, which is a dead end cul-de-sac street, and observed that there was in fact a white colored vehicle in the canal, which its roof was faintly visible.
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Division arrived on the scene and searched the area by boat for Navarro, to no avail.
The vehicle was successfully removed from the water at approximately 10:30 a.m., at which time it was positively identified as Navarro's pick-up truck.
Navarro was not located inside the cab and investigators noted that the truck's windows were rolled down and there was damage to the interior front windshield that indicated that Navarro may have struck his head on the glass during impact.
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Division and United States Coast Guard Sector New Orleans joined in search efforts, which were suspended for the night Friday evening. The effort will resume Saturday morning at 7:00.
Investigators learned that Navarro has a medical condition, and if he was injured in the crash, needs immediate medical attention.
Anyone with information on Navarro's whereabouts is requested to immediately contact their local law enforcement agency.
Louisiana State Police Troop B may be contacted at 504-471-2775 for information regarding the crash investigation.
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office may be contacted at 504-564-2525 for information regarding Navarro's whereabouts.
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