SPSO: Effort to find Tony Procell still a "search & rescue" - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

SPSO: Effort to find Tony Procell still a "search & rescue"

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© KSLA - Missing: Tony Procell, 24 © KSLA - Missing: Tony Procell, 24
© © Arrested: Robert Barthelemy, 33 (Source: DeSoto Parish Sheriff's © © Arrested: Robert Barthelemy, 33 (Source: DeSoto Parish Sheriff's

SABINE PARISH, LA (KSLA) -Day three of the search is under way for Tony Procell, the Sabine Parish man believed to have been kidnapped from his home at gunpoint on Tuesday by a Natchitoches police officer.

Officials say this is not being called a recovery effort. While 3 days is a long time to be missing without a trace under these circumstances, Joe Dewil with the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office says until they receive information or evidence to the contrary, they are acting on the assumption that Procell is alive and their mission is one of search and rescue.

Police say they have found no evidence of Procell in the specific area that Barthelemy reportedly indicated he left him on Tuesday. Search crews came up empty-handed after combing the Longleaf Trail area in the Kisatchie National Forest all day Wednesday.

They spent Thursday searching "general areas" in Sabine, DeSoto and Natchitoches parishes.

Meanwhile, Barthelemy has stopped cooperating with investigators and has also been charged with home invasion in addition to the aggravated kidnapping charge he was booked on Tuesday. He remains in custody at the Sabine Parish Detention Center.

Authorities remain tight-lipped about the investigation itself, and any possible motives they may have uncovered. Law enforcement sources have suggested the incident may have stemmed from some ongoing domestic issues involving a woman.

The Louisiana Division of the FBI confirmed Thursday morning that they are aware of the situation and have offered their serves to local law enforcement. So far, they have not been taken up on that offer. The FBI generally does not get involved in kidnapping cases unless the victim is 12 years of age or younger, but spokesperson Mary Beth Romig says they will assist if asked.

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