Update: Sewage tank unlocked when body found inside


POSTED: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 5:20pm

UPDATED: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 5:29pm

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: New details today about the investigation into the death of Sam Lathers, Jr. His body was found Sunday, Sept. 18 during the afternoon in a sewage tank near the St. Helena – Livingston Parish line.

A source close to the investigation tells us that tank enclosure was unlocked and open Sunday. As a rule, the access door is always kept locked. Seeing the door open is what caused a security officer for the Silver Fox Casino near the tank to look inside. He saw a pile of clothes and called the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office. Deputies drained the tank, finding Lathers, Jr’s body inside. He had been reported missing by family members earlier Sunday.

We are told Lathers did not have access to a key to that tank enclosure and now investigators are trying to figure out who unlocked it.

We asked for more information from the Silver Fox, but were told no one at the casino could comment.

ORIGINAL STORY: (09-18-11) -- St. Helena Parish Sheriffs Officers found the body of missing man near the Silver Fox Casino.  

Around 4:30 pm this afternoon, Investigators found the body of Sam Lathers, 48, of St. Helena Parish at the bottom of an oxidation tank near the casino.  

Around 10:30 am, someone reported the man missing and the sheriffs office launched a search of the area. 

Investigators found a set of clothes near the oxidation tank prompting deputies to empty the tank and discover the body.

The sheriffs office says the investigation is on going.

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