NPSO: Human remains found in wooded area near Natchitoches

Published: Jul. 19, 2019 at 7:27 AM CDT
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The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office said human remains have been found in a wooded area off of Johnson Chute Road near Natchitoches.

On Thursday around 2:30 p.m., Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office responded to a 911 call of possible human remains discovered by loggers in a thick wooded area off of Johnson Chute Road.

Deputies said when they arrived, the logging crew showed them the location of the discovery. Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division were notified and responded.

Natchitoches Parish Deputy Asst. Coroner Steven Clanton confirmed the remains as human. According to Asst. Coroner Clanton it appears the remains had been in the area for several months.

Chief of Patrols Doug Rachal said deputies and the coroner’s office searched the area for approximately two hours on Thursday afternoon looking for any evidence or clues to identify the remains or manner of death.

The remains will be transported by the coroner’s office to the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Lab in Baton Rouge for DNA analysis and further forensic testing for identification.

This area is in close proximity where deputies and volunteers searched the area by ground, air and water on three separate occasions during the early part of this year for Donnie Collins Jr., 44, of Natchitoches who was reported missing by family members on December 11, 2018.

At this time the remains discovered this afternoon have not been identified.

Laboratory analysis testing will have to be completed before a positive identification can be made.

Detectives did speak with Collins family this afternoon notifying them of the findings.

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