Missing Boater Found in Morehouse Parish

Release Date: 03/16/2012

Search and rescue teams located the deceased body of a missing boater in Morehouse Parish on Jones Lake today, March 16.

Walter Sims, 51, of Jones, was found by the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office (MPSO) this morning after five days of searching.  Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and West Carroll Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.

Sims was last seen fishing alone around 2:30 p.m. on March 10.  When Sims didn’t return home at dark, a concerned family member contacted the MPSO at 11:30 p.m.

Authorities believe Sims may have fallen into the water.  His 14 foot aluminum boat was found tied up to the lake’s bank directly behind his home. 

Sims’ body was turned over to the Morehouse Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF is the lead investigative agency to determine the cause of this boating incident.  Contributing factors to the incident are unknown at this time.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.