WASHINGTON PARISH, La. – A body recovered from the Bogue Chitto River is believed to be that of a Wisconsin woman who may have drowned, according to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.
On Thursday afternoon, the sheriff’s office received a call regarding a missing woman in the Isabel area, but she was unable to be located.
Around 9 a.m. Friday, the sheriff’s office received a call reporting that a body of an adult woman was discovered in the backwaters of the Bogue Chitto River near Isabel. The spot was only accessible by boat due to flooding in the area.
At 12:23 p.m., the body of Tiffany Clute, 31, was recovered by deputies. Clute was a resident of Wisconsin who was been living near the river for a few months.
The death is considered to be a drowning, according to the sheriff’s officer. The coroners officer planned on performing an autopsy.
Detectives are trying to determine why Clute was in Washington Parish and how she ended up in the river.
“This is the second time in two weeks that your Sheriff’s Office has responded to incidents involving parish rivers. The first occurred last week on the Pearl River and resulted in the rescue of two young duck hunters. Unfortunately, the victim this week did not survive. It is always tragic when a life is lost. I caution all parish residents to be very careful in and around our rivers and streams, especially during times of high water,” said Sheriff Randy Seal.