NOPD: Body of female recovered from Lake Pontchartrain

NOPD: Body of female recovered from Lake Pontchartrain
Updated: Aug. 7, 2018 at 9:53 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police say that the body of an adult female has been recovered from Lake Pontchartrain.

According to police, the discovery of the body was made by a boater Tuesday around 5:20 p.m. about a quarter of a mile from the Seabrook Boat Launch. The boater then notified Wildlife and Fisheries boats that were in the area. The boater, who is with the Cajun Navy, said the group deployed drones to monitor lake currents as opposed to wind pattern, which he said led them right to the woman's body.

"And they do put some drones where they went up in the air and used some software to look down to see where the current was going," said Cajun Navy member Bryan Trascher. "He said they looked on the app and it told him right where to go, and they went in the outflow canal which is where they found her within 10 minutes of being in the water."

Crews have been searching the waters for 32-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux, who was reported missing after a sailboat was found unmanned in the lake Sunday night. Thibodeaux was reportedly a passenger on the boat, along with 43-year-old Michael Lee Farley. He was rescued just after 7 a.m. Monday.

In the search for Thibodeaux, police said they were looking at GPS location and cell phone data, and were processing the recovered boat. T

Police are not confirming whether the recovered body is Thibodaux's. An autopsy will be performed by the Orleans Parish Coroner to determine the exact cause of death. The coroner will also release the identity and notify the families.

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