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Body of Louisiana teen recovered after boat capsized in Bossier Parish

Image at the scene on Lake Bistineau.
Image at the scene on Lake Bistineau.(KSLA)
Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 3:22 PM CDT
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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - The body of a teen who went missing on June 1 has been found, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The discovery was made before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2.

A group of people, including family, friends and first responders were on the scene Wednesday morning near the Lake Bistineau bridge on Highway 154 — 14 hours after the teen went missing.

“My understanding is the body was recovered in a very near vicinity where they believed that the accident happened,” said BPSO’s Lt. Bill Davis. “The spillway and the water it is turning up is unpredictable and it is treacherous.”

“This is a heart-wrenching night for folks wanting answers and this morning, one of those answers has been given,” he added.

Recovery Effort Continues Overnight for Missing Teen Boater Bossier Sheriff’s Office and other first responders will...

Posted by Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Numerous agencies began the search on Tuesday after a boat capsized in Lake Bistineau just after 4 p.m.

Officials say two teenagers were fishing near the dam at Lake Bistineau Bridge on Highway 154 when their boat capsized. One teen was able to climb onto the bank, while the other is missing.

Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office, Wildlife and Fisheries, and fire and medics from both parishes have been on scene for hours. Other boaters and volunteers also offered help.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says his deputies and other first responders will work throughout the night, as he brought in lights so rescue boaters have visibility on the water. Boaters are also using their sonar equipment in addition to physical searches.

BPSO has issued the following statement regarding the road situation in this area:

“Bossier Sheriff’s Office and other first responders are busy conducting a recovery effort of a teenage boy missing in the water near the Lake Bistineau bridge on Highway 154. Please use extreme caution as folks coming to the area are parking on the side of Highway 154 as they walk down the highway to the old bridge here on Bistineau. Motorists are asked to proceed very slowly on the highway in this area, since visibility is limited. Others who don’t need to be in the area are asked to stay clear.”

This is a developing story. Stay with KSLA News 12 for updates.

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