Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS - Police are searching for a car belonging to Michael Showers, the actor from the HBO series "Treme" whose body was found Wednesday floating in the Mississippi River near the Steamboat Natchez.
It's a black, 2002 Infinity G-20 with Louisiana license plate TAP-099.
"It's an important piece of the puzzle," said St. Bernard Parish Chief Deputy James Pohlmann. "If we locate the car, it might give us some indication on his whereabouts or where the car was left and it might give us some clues."
Right now, detectives do not suspect foul play.
According to Pohlmann, Showers was reported missing by his girlfriend Melinda Carlos, Tuesday night. The next day his body was pulled from the river.
The missing person's report states that Showers told Carlos, he was heading to a local bar after working out on Monday.
That's the last time she heard from him.
"Later that night she tried contacting him and wasn't able to get in touch with him," said Pohlmann. "She tried contacting some family members early the next day. They had not heard from him.
Showers and Carlos shared a house on Veronica Drive in Chalmette.
Carlos told detectives that Showers suffered from severe depression and anxiety and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March.
"She said that he did suffer from depression," said Pohlmann. "Whether that's a factor or not in this case, we don't know yet."
The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy of Showers' body Thursday afternoon. Results are expected to be released on Friday.
Showers' castmates from the New Orleans filmed "Treme" are saddened by his loss.
His character, a troubled NOPD homicide commander was expected to appear in at least three episodes next season.
"I'd just like to say I'm sorry for his family's loss," said singer John Boutte who performs the theme song for the series and has appeared on the show. "I didn't know him personally, but it's another New Orleanian just lost, you know."
"From the Treme family, we're saddened because this is someone we enjoyed working with and we were looking forward to the next season coming up in the next couple of months," said actor Wendell Pierce who plays musician Antoine Baptiste on the show.
Pierce says he was a fan of Showers' work on "Treme."
"He had a very unique position, an ambiguous authoritative figure kind of dealing with the inadequacies of institutionalized police corruption at the same time he wasn't an all out villain," said Pierce. "One thing we know is Michael will be part of the New Orleans story that goes on, that's documented in the work we're doing in "Treme" and if there's some small consolation he's part of New Orleans history."
Treme co-creator David Simon released this statement Thursday afternoon.
"Michael Showers was a fine actor who contributed his talents to our drama in the warmest and most professional way."
"We enjoyed his work -- and working with him. Going forward, we're going to miss having him as part of our production. All of which seems of little import in light of the loss of a man's whole life, and what that loss truly means to him, his family, his friends. Our respect and condolences go to them, especially."
Late Thursday, detectives were looking for a man they believe was with Showers just before he disappeared.