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Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office investigating body found in Lake Arthur

Posted at 4:38 PM, Jan 07, 2021

Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a body found behind a residence in Lake Arthur.

Detectives were advised on January 6 that shortly before 10:15 a.m. that morning, Lake Arthur Police had located a body in a private pond behind a residence on Highway 14.

The victim has been identified as 65-year-old Ravis Smith of Lake Arthur.

No injuries were observed by investigators when the body was removed from the pond, and police say the victim appeared to have drowned.

The body was transported to Lafayette for an autopsy, and detectives are awaiting the initial autopsy report Thursday afternoon.

The investigation is ongoing.

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