Allen Parish Sheriff's investigating death of hunter

By Lee Peck - bio | email

ALLEN PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Allen Parish Sheriff's officials say they are looking into the death of a hunter whose body was found on Tuesday morning.

Authorities tell us that two friends reportedly went hunting Monday afternoon in Oakdale at a hunting club near the West Bay Wildlife Management area. On Tuesday morning, one of the men was reported missing.

Less than two hours later, Sheriff's officials discovered the body of 55-year-old Robert "Bobby" Fontenot of Oakdale around 10 a.m. Most hunters wear "hunter orange," weather it be a hat or vest. We're told Fontenot was not wearing either of these items.

"We found the victim was deceased as a result of a gunshot wound. We are working it as a homicide investigation at this point, but we are not saying it is a homicide," said Chief Deputy Grant Willis, Allen Parish Sheriff's Office. 

The Sheriff's office confirms they are looking at Fontenot's hunting partner as a "person of interest" in the case, but no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

"We spent six to seven hours processing the scene. Now we are trying to do follow up interviews and look at the facts and physical evidence," said Willis. "We have an obligation to follow up all leads and run those down. We will, but rumors slow the process down. We have to run those down too. If people have information they think is relevant or not - tell us and we will determine if it is. But let it be facts that you know or have seen, not third and fourth party information."

Fontenot's body was taken to the Coroner's Office in Lafayette, where an autopsy was performed Wednesday. Full autopsy results are expected within the next six to eight weeks. At that point the Sheriff's Office will present their findings to the Allen Parish District Attorney's Office, who will decide whether to move forward with the case.  

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