Officials searching for missing boater in Morehouse Parish

Officials searching for missing boater in Morehouse Parish

POSTED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 6:45pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 6:49pm

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office (MPSO) deputies are searching for a missing boater on Jones Lake in Morehouse Parish.

Searchers are looking for Walter Sims, 51, of Jones, who was last seen fishing alone around 2:30 p.m. on March 10. When Sims didn’t return home at dark, a concerned family member contacted the MPSO at 11:30 p.m.

Authorities believe Sims may have fallen into the water. His 14 foot aluminum boat was found tied up to the lake’s bank directly behind his home.

Authorities continue to search for Sims on land and water. LDWF has deployed their sonar technology, search boats and ATVs to the scene. The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has sent their dive team and the West Carroll Sheriff’s Office has assisted with an air search.

LDWF and MPSO are jointly investigating Sims disappearance.

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