Bones found near Merryville could belong to man missing since September

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

Authorities are waiting to see if skeletal remains found in Beauregard Parish are be those of a Merryville man missing since


Joe Toler, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said the remains were sent to the LSU forensic lab for identification

to see whether they are the remains of Adam Davis, who was reportedly last seen Sept. 16.

An arrowhead hunter found a skull Tuesday while searching a secluded, heavily wooded area west of Merryville that can only

be reached by boat, Toler said.

That, in turn, led to the discovery of other skeletal remains, Toler said. He said Beauregard Parish detectives were able

to recover 98 percent of the skeleton.

There was no evidence of foul play at the scene, Toler said.

Davis, 32, was last seen Sept. 16, according to a missing persons news release sent out by the Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 2.

At the time of Davis’ disappearance, two bench warrants for failing to show in court had been issued for his arrest, Toler

said. One was for a driving violation and the other for possession of a controlled substance, he said.

Mary Manhein, head of LSU’s forensic lab, investigated the scene and took Davis’ dental records with her to Baton Rouge to

compare to the remains, Toler said.