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Body found, believed to be kidnapping victim Tony Procell

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© KSLA- Tony Procell, 25 (Source: Jonothon Mitchell) © KSLA- Tony Procell, 25 (Source: Jonothon Mitchell)
© Arrested: Robert Barthelemy © Arrested: Robert Barthelemy
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 SABINE PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Sabine Parish authorities believe the body of Tony Procell has been found. 

Joe Dewil with the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office says a body was found in an area that they had been looking for Procell, between Winn and Natchitoches Parishes.

It has not been positively identified, but Dewil says they are confident it is Procell.

Procell, 25, had been missing since Tuesday, after he is believed to have been kidnapped at gunpoint by Natchitoches police officer Robert Barthelemy.

Barthelemy remains in custody at the Sabine Parish Detention Center, charged with aggravated kidnapping and home invasion.

Crews had searched an area in the Kisatchie National Forest where Barthelemy allegedly told authorities he dropped Procell off to walk on the day of his disappearance. Finding no sign of Procell there, the search was widened to general areas in Sabine, DeSoto and Natchitoches parishes in the following days.

On Friday and Saturday, the search focused on a wooded area of LA 1226, just outside of Clarence in Natchitoches Parish. 

On Sunday, Procell's family confirmed that they had asked the non-profit search and rescue organization Texas EquuSearch to assist. They were set to meet with sheriff's officials on Monday morning.

 

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