MYRTLE GROVE, La. - Plaquemines Parish deputies are searching for a 32-year-old Hammond man who has been missing since his car apparently went into a canal Thursday night.
According to Plaquemines Parish spokesman Eric Becnel, a caller alerted the sheriff's office that he had received a call from his friend - Victor Manuel Navarro - who said he had driven his Dodge Ram pickup into the water and that the interior was filling up and he couldn't open the doors.
The caller told deputies that he went to the scene and searched for nearly an hour before calling for law enforcement. Becnel said the caller reported that Navarro had been drinking at a local bar prior to the accident and that he thought his impairment may have caused the crash. When deputies arrived on the scene, they searched the area but couldn't find a vehicle.
Early Friday morning, the car was located by a boater in the Myrtle Grove canal. Deputies searched the area for Navarro to no avail and pulled the pickup out of the water. He was not inside, but the vehicle's windows were rolled down and there was damage to the front windshield, indicating that Navarro may have struck his head.
At 5 p.m., search and rescue efforts by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office and US Coast Guard was suspended. Search and rescue efforts will resume Saturday morning by the Sheriff's Office Marine Division, with the assistance of the Louisiana Search and Rescue Dog Team based out of Slidell, said the sheriff's office.
The sheriff's office said Navarro has a medical condition and may need immediate medical attention.
Anyone with information on Navarro’s whereabouts is requested to immediately contact their local law enforcement agency.
Louisiana State Police Troop B may be contacted at 504-471-2775 for information regarding the crash investigation. The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office may be contacted at 504-564-2525 for information regarding Navarro’s whereabouts.