Body recovered from Payne subdivision oxidation pond


The body of an unidentified male was recovered from an oxidation pond near Payne Subdivision in Natchitoches Wednesday evening according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
An intensive investigation involving Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives (NPSO), LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Detectives (LPSD) and Natchitoches Police Detectives (NPD) led to information of the body being in the pond.
NPSO deputies and a LPSD detective traveled to the pond with boats and lighting equipment Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m.
Shortly after arriving on scene, deputies recovered the body.
Natchitoches Parish Asst. Coroner Steven Clanton responded.
The case is being investigated as a homicide.

The body has been transported to Shreveport for an autopsy to determine positive identification and the manner and cause of death.
Sheriff Wright stated detectives are traveling to Shreveport this morning for the autopsy and the investigation is in the early stages.
Due to the sensitivity of this investigation, NPSO is not releasing any further information at this time. Law enforcement officials are actively interviewing family and other sources in this case.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Case agent is Sgt. Jared Kilpatrick. Anyone with information regarding this investigation should call 318-357-7830 or CrimeStoppers AT 318-238-2388.