MYRTLE GROVE, LA — UPDATE: An autopsy performed on Monday, April 8 revealed that the cause of death was drowning. This has been ruled an accidental death.
ORIGINAL: On Sunday, April 7, 2013, at approximately 1:15 p.m., members of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division recovered the body of Victor Manuel Navarro, 32, of Hammond, Louisiana from the Myrtle Grove Canal.
Mr. Navarro’s body was located just under the surface of the water about 20 feet from the bank, and approximately 75 feet south of where his vehicle was pulled out of the canal on Friday.
The only trauma noted to Mr. Navarro’s body was a small laceration under his left eye.
An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow at the Jefferson Parish Forensic Center to determine the cause and manner of death.
Agencies participating in the search of Mr. Navarro today included the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, Louisiana State Police Aviation Unit out of Baton Rouge, and the Help! Search and Rescue Dog Team based out of Slidell.
In addition to the agencies listed above, search efforts for Mr. Navarro during the past three days included the United States Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, Louisiana State Police Troop B, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office LASER Division, Slidell Police Department, and the Louisiana Search and Rescue Dog Team.
Anyone with information on the investigation is requested to contact Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Paul Durnin at 504-564-2525 or 504-392-1692 or the Louisiana State Police at 504-471-2775.
Sheriff Lonnie Greco personally thanks all those involved with the search of Mr. Navarro.
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office offers their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Navarro and will keep them in their thoughts and prayers during this tragedy.