St. Mary

Dec 28, 2011 11:24 PM by Maddie Garrett

Search Parties Find Missing Hunter's Body in Lake

It's been more than a week since Lynn Landry was last seen going to his hunting camp in the Atchafalaya Basin. Relentless search parties finally found his body in the lake not far from that area.

It was a search that hoped for the best, but prepared for the worst. Wednesday afternoon around 1:30 pm the worst was realized.

"Today some of the personal belongings were located across the lake in Charenton. All the boats converged in that area and it was then that one of the distant relatives that was out there searching observed what they thought to be Mr. Landry," said St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert.

It was in fact Landry's body, found just west of Taylor Point in Grand Lake, not far from where he was last seen.

"You always going in hoping for it to end in a positive aspect.... I know it's a very sad thing to happen indeed, but to be able to make the find for some sort of closure," said Hebert.

The Sheriff said it was the sheer number of search parties that helped find Landry's body.

"A lot of man power, there was a lot of agencies that helped search diligently, I mean we all worked together," said Hebert.

Friends, family and volunteers also helped in the search, which was no surprise to friend Art Berret Sr.. He said Landry was well-liked by many in the community.

"He will be missed a lot, real lot. Everybody knows him," said Berret Sr.

Landry's death is being ruled a boating accident by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The coroner has yet to determine an exact cause of death, however relatives said he apparently drowned.

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