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Mar 31, 2014 8:18 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Missing Eunice man's body found

After days of searching, the body of an elderly Eunice man is found today by law enforcement.

The body of 66-year-old L.J. Walker, who had been missing since Friday, was discovered off LA 13 in Acadia Parish, just half a mile outside of Eunice city limits. Walker's body is now in Lake Charles tonight awaiting an autopsy, but Eunice police said foul play is not suspected.

For the last couple of days, family and friends of Walker had posted fliers in Eunice. On Monday morning, his family was still hoping for a happy ending.

"Just not knowing, you know, like where he's at. You know, it's like he just disappeared, and that's the hardest part," said Ylonda Skinner, Walker's niece.

Walker's family speculated that his disappearance could be linked to his Alzheimer's, which he had been battling for the last couple of years.

"Friends family, friends, or what-not would call me, because he had forgotten where he was, so I would have to pick him up from like grocery stores or whatever" said Julia Hardy, Walker's sister.

Because of Walker's health, someone would check on him everyday. Family members had spoken to him Thursday night, but by Friday he was missing.

"I just want to ask everybody to pray with my family, for the safe return of my brother," said Hardy, prior to the discovery her brother's remains.

By Monday afternoon, the worst scenario for which the family prepared became reality when Eunice Police found Walker following a K9 search near his apartment on LA 13. Within an hour, Walker's body had been identified by family members who confirmed that the clothes on the body, in fact, belonged to Walker.

 

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