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A 1999 Dodge Durango is pulled from a tree line along Interstate 10 East on Tuesday afternoon. The driver, 63-year-old Carroll Gobert, was pronounced dead at the scene. (Frank DiCesare / American Press)

A 1999 Dodge Durango is pulled from a tree line along Interstate 10 East on Tuesday afternoon. The driver, 63-year-old Carroll Gobert, was pronounced dead at the scene. (Frank DiCesare / American Press)

Body found in SUV off Interstate 10

Last Modified: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 10:52 AM

From staff reports

IOWA, La. — A 63-year-old missing Opelousas man was found dead inside his crashed vehicle on Interstate 10 just east of the U.S. 165 overpass in Jeff Davis Parish, state police said.

Carroll Gobert, who had been missing since Friday, was found dead inside a wrecked vehicle found in the southern tree line along I-10 East at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. James Anderson.

Gobert’s 1999 Dodge Durango was traveling east on I-10 when he drove off the right side of the highway for unknown reasons, he said.

The vehicle struck several small trees before being stopped by a large tree, Anderson said.

The dark blue vehicle was hidden by trees, and the crash likely occurred on a previous day, he said.

Gobert was wearing a seatbelt, but it may not have been worn properly, he said.

Gobert appeared to have been leaning over onto the passenger side at the time of the crash, Anderson said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jeff Davis Parish Coroner’s Office.

A routine toxicology sample was obtained from Gobert and will be submitted for analysis.

Troop D has investigated five fatal crashes resulting in five deaths this year.

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