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APSO: Body found believed to be missing Alexandria man James Gunnels

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Posted at 7:06 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 20:47:16-04

The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a body that was found Tuesday afternoon is believed to be that of James Gunnels, the man who went missing from Alexandria on February 13.

Sheriff K.P. Gibson tells KATC his office was notified around 4 p.m. Tuesday that a local farmer and his employee found a body in a field. Deputies believe it to be the body of missing veteran James Gunnels.

The body was found just several hundred yards away from the truck belonging to Gunnels. The truck was discovered on Blue Jay Road in Morse on February 14.

The Acadia Parish Coroner has ordered an autopsy to confirm the identity. Sheriff Gibson said Gunnels' family has been notified.

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Gunnels was reported missing on February 13 after he left the assisted living facility where he lived in Alexandria. He was on his way to Walmart, but never returned. Gunnels' truck was found the next day in Acadia Parish, about 100 miles from the assisted living facility.

This is a developing story; we will update with more details when they become available.