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Beauregard Sheriff’s Office investigating possible drowning

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Updated: Feb. 29, 2020 at 9:47 PM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - According to a post on the Beauregard Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page, deputies are investigating the possible drowning of a man near a dredging barge in Longville.

On Saturday, February 29th, at approximately 10:07 a.m., the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a possible drowning at a gravel pit near Longville.

It was reported that Israel J. Spears, Jr., of Kinder, had been working on a dredging barge at the gravel pit with a co-worker. The co-worker was called away to attend to another matter and last saw Spears still working on the dredging barge. When the co-worker returned, he observed that Spears was not on the barge and the co-worker was unable to locate him.

When deputies arrived, they began a search of the area where the barge had been working. At approximately 12:55 p.m., deputies located Spears’ body in the water.

Spears’ body was sent to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office for autopsy, and the investigation is on-going.

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