Body of boy recovered in waters behind Vinton Welcome Center

Published 8:26 pm Monday, July 8, 2024

The body of a boy was recovered Monday afternoon in the waters behind the Vinton Welcome Center.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kayla Vincent said deputies received the call from witnesses who found the body at about 3 p.m. The CPSO Marine Division responded and was able to recover the body.

The initial investigation revealed the body to be that of an African American child.

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“There were no obvious signs of injuries but the investigation is continuing,” Vincent said.

The coroner will determine cause of death.

β€œIt is with a heavy heart we have to share the news of the young boy found earlier today,” Sheriff Stitch Guillory said. “At this time we continue to have detectives on scene and are working to identify him. We have checked with local agencies in our area as well as Texas and there appears to be no cases of a missing child reported that match the description.”

Anyone who may have information or anyone who may have been in the area of the Vinton Welcome Center and observed any suspicious activity β€” no matter how minimal it may seem β€” is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605, Guillory said.