PONCHATOULA, La. – The Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office has recovered the bodies of two missing fishermen Thursday. Officials believe the father and son were killed in a lightning strike while seeking cover during Wednesday's violent storms on the Northshore, according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto.
Luther Clyde Baham Sr, 54, of Kentwood, and his son, Luther Clyde Baham Jr, 33, of Hammond, were reported missing early Thursday morning after they didn't return from the fishing trip on Wednesday, said a statement from Panepinto.
Baham and his son last spoke with family around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, saying they were on the Natalbany River and the weather was getting bad and that they were going to find shelter near an abandoned camp, said Panepinto.
State Wildlife and Fisheries agents found the father and son at an abandoned shelter on the river, according to Panepinto. Investigators from the sheriff's office were called in to scene.
"Based on the initial investigation, it is believed that the two were killed instantly by a lightning strike. The bodies were located under a small tin structure where the men apparently took cover to escape a terrible thunder storm. The evidence of a lightening strike was apparent based on the severe lightning damage to the surrounding trees," said Panepinto.