Posted: Jun 26, 2013 6:34 PM by Akeam Ashford
Updated: Jun 26, 2013 6:36 PM
A St. Martin Parish family continues to search for their loved one who went missing early Wednesday morning. 76-year-old Forrest Collette of Butte Larose was discovered missing around 4:30am.
Collette's wife, Katherine, noticed he wasn't in bed, and all the doors to the house were locked. "I don't think he would leave me after 57 years," says Collette.
Forrest Collette just underwent hip replacement eight days ago, and family members say the medicine he was taking may have caused him to become disoriented.
Katherine Collette says she took her husband off his pain medications because he started seeing things that weren't there. "I think that him taking the medicine he was taking made him hallucinate," says Collette.
Collette says since Forrest had been off his medications, he'd started acting normal again. According to Collette, everything was normal before they went to bed last night. "He kissed me good night and said he loved me. He said he would wake me up when he had to go to the bathroom," says Collette.
Deputies say since the Collettes' home runs so close to the Atchafalaya River, they will focus their attention there. Collette believes her husband is still alive. "I don't think he's in the river no sir; I think he took a walk-about," says Collette.
Today, authorities dredged the river, as well as searched the woods around the home.