NATCHITOCHES, La. (NPSO) - Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have recovered the body of a Natchitoches man who was reported missing on November 3.
On November 3 at approximately 2:08 p.m., Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to a report of a missing person on Fish Hatchery Road, near Natchitoches.
The grandparents of Randall James Evans, 31, reported they last saw their grandson, who suffered from mental illness, on November 1, 2018.
The grandparents suspected Evans had walked away from the residence after finding the carport door unlocked. This was apparently not the first time he had walked off as deputies had been called out before to assist in finding Evans in the past.
Throughout the weekend, deputies searched and were unable to locate Evans.
While deputies were on Cane River Lake on Monday afternoon, the search had to be postponed because of an EF-1 tornado in the immediate area.
On November 7, around 3:16 p.m., NPSO Search Team members found a body in Cane River Lake near the shore approximately ½ mile north of Pratt’s Bridge, south of Natchitoches, according to NPSO Search & Rescue Commander Chief Doug Rachal. The body matched the description of Evans.
Asst. Natchitoches Parish Coroner Steven Clanton and members of the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office responded to the scene.
The body was recovered and transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where family members positively identified the body as Randall James Evans.
According to Asst. Coroner Clanton, there were no signs of trauma to the body. The preliminary autopsy findings said the cause of death is drowning, however, the body has been transported to a Shreveport pathologist for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
At this time, foul play is not suspected.
Family members have been notified. Sheriff Jones extends his sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Evans.