Authorities locate, recover body of missing Houma fisherman

Authorities locate, recover body of missing Houma fisherman

TERREBONNE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Terrebonne Parish Water Patrol deputies, along with other law enforcement agencies have located and recovered the body of a missing fisherman. The body of 69-year-old Gary P. Crochet of Houma was found and removed from Lake De Cade in Dularge, Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

Police say that water patrol deputies responded Tuesday morning to a call of a boat floating in the lake with nobody inside. Deputies contacted the person who called authorities and learned that he was fishing in the lake and saw another man fishing alone in a boat. The caller told authorities that he later saw the same boat, but nobody was inside. He added that at that time, the wind was extremely high.

Deputies searched the water until Tuesday night, but were unsuccessful in located the body. Authorities continued their search Wednesday morning until locating the body later in the afternoon. Police say that body was identified as Gary P. Crochet.

Terrebonne Parish Water Patrol Deputies received assistance from La. Wildlife and Fisheries, The U.S. Coast Guard, Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office Water Patrol and a local commercial fisherman during the search.

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