Authorities find body of missing boater on Ouachita River

Authorities find body of missing boater on Ouachita River

POSTED: Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 11:01am

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies found the body of Charles Trascher, 64, of Monroe, on the Ouachita River in Ouachita Parish this morning, Sept. 22.

Trascher was reported missing shortly after 6 p.m. on Sept. 20 when he did not return home from a fishing trip according to his family. Authorities recovered Trascher’s 17-foot aluminum vessel in the Ouachita River near West Monroe during the evening hours of Sept. 20.

Agents and deputies searched for Trascher throughout the night of Sept. 20 and all day Sept. 21. Trascher's body was found around 6:30 a.m. without a personal flotation device about one mile south from where his vessel was found.

LDWF had two sonar units on scene to assist in the search. LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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