Search Continues for Missing 12 Year Old Girl

Release Date: 07/17/2011


Several agencies including Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents are continuing to search for a missing 12 year old girl in Shell Beach Bayou in St. Bernard Parish after she was involved in a boating crash incident on July 16.

LDWF agents responded to a two vessel collision between a 20 foot boat operated by Marion Funchess, 61, of Folsom, and a 15 foot boat operated by Paul Battle, age 48, of Mandevile, on the evening of July 16 in the Shell Beach Bayou.  Battle had four juvenile passengers on board including the missing 12 year old girl.  Funchess had an adult passenger on board his boat.

All four juveniles were ejected from the 15 foot boat operated by Battle with three of them able to be recovered from the water.  Battle was not ejected from the boat, but was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  Funchess and his passenger did not receive any major injuries.

LDWF, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Plaquemines parishes Sheriff’s Offices searched through the night and all day today for the missing girl.  The search agencies will continue to search until nightfall tonight and resume the search at first light in the morning.

LDWF will be the lead investigating agency for this boating crash incident.  The missing girl was not wearing a personal flotation device when the boating crash incident occurred.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at