ZWOLLE, La – The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries and the Sabine Parish Coroner’s Office investigated a suspected drowning on Toledo Bend Lake Friday morning.
The body of Richard Irwin Bagwell (age-73) was located in the Aimwell area of the lake off LA Hwy 1215.
Bagwell’s boat was located against the bank several hundred yards from his body, not far from his home on Toledo Bend Lake.
North Sabine Fire District First Responders assisted with the recovery.
Bagwell’s wife stated her husband went fishing yesterday around 4PM, then called her around 830PM, telling her he was having motor problems and he would use his trolling motor to get back home.
Bagwell was an avid fisherman, and he did have some health issues.
Bagwell’s body will be sent for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell personally helped recover Bagwell’s body and he extends his deepest condolences and prayers to his family and friends.
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