Homicide detectives join search for missing woman

Homicide detectives join search for missing woman

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Coast Guard has resumed their search for a missing woman after a sailboat was found unmanned in Lake Pontchartrain Sunday night.

According to New Orleans police, homicide detectives have joined the search for Sadie Thibodeaux. She was a passenger on a boat with Michael Lee Farley, 43. Coast Guard Station New Orleans rescued Farley at 7:03 a.m. Monday.

The NOPD has not confirmed if there was foul play. A homicide is defined as a killing of one human being by another. A homicide is not synonymous with a murder.

Officers confirmed that Farley and Thibodeaux were dating. According to police, Lee has been cooperative and has been released from custody.

The boat that was found unmanned has been taken into evidence.

Crews spent the entire day Monday searching for her, but had to pull back the Coast Guard choppers at nightfall.

Thibodeaux had just moved to New Orleans from Baton Rouge, according to her co-workers at the fitness center where she worked as an instructor.

"She's a fighter. She's deep, she's spiritual," said her friend, Ashley Spencer.

At 5:47 a.m. Sunday, Coast Guard watchstanders received a report about an unmanned 34-foot sailing vessel, the Good Humor, with a dog and cell phones aboard in view of the Lakefront Airport.

Monday in the lake about 100 yards north of the University of New Orleans campus. He was reported in good condition and transferred to Station New Orleans. Police said he was questioned and released Monday afternoon.

The search will resume on the south shore of the lake.

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