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Missing St. Martinville man body found in home

Missing St. Martinville man body found in home
Posted at 8:25 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 22:17:14-04

"No more than about two or three days without seeing him. He would always come out. Either I'm going in or he's coming out", says Quentin Phillips.

Quentin Phillips has been Alfred Batiste's neighbor for 10 years and says he didn't get concerned about without seeing Batiste, he started to worry.

Phillip says, "I started to think about it like where's Tug? And then I started asking my dad have you seen Tug? He said no and somebody asked him and somebody checked all the hospitals nothing, nursing homes, none of that. "

Phillips was devastated when he saw Batiste's family members and emergency responders at Batiste's home last night. It's a moment he says will stay with him.

"It's unbelievable, first the cops then the ambulance then the coroner, so I'm like it's really going down it's not tv, this is reality.

Police say Batiste was reportedly missing for three weeks and Public Information Officer Adam Touchet with St. Martinville Police says Batiste was found in his bed Monday evening. At this time. They are not sure how long his body had been there.

Touchet says, "Maybe the public is a little confused or maybe even a little frustrated with the information we're putting out there. So once we reach a conclusion of the investigation we'll be able to release more information."

An autopsy is being done on Batiste's body.