Lake Charles –
This past Sunday, December 4 at approximately 12:20 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a canal at the dead end of Central Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a possible drowning of a 14 year old boy. The initial investigation revealed three boys had been in the water earlier with a 10’ boat and a kayak. When the 14 year old attempted to pull one of the boats out of the canal as he was standing on a culvert, he slipped and fell in the water. The current swept the boy through the culvert, which was approximately 150 feet long. When deputies arrived they were advised by the two other boys that when the 14 year old boy fell in, they ran to the opposite end of the culvert but did not see the boy come out.
The CPSO Dive Team was called out and they were able to locate the boy’s body several hundred feet from the canal where he initially fell in.
CPSO Detective Christopher Melendy is the lead detective on this case.