Natchitoches Police Department officers were dispatched on May 14 around 1:31 am to a residence in the 300 block of Jefferson Street in reference to a possible drowning in Cane River. Upon officers arrival they made contact with several witnesses who said that one of their friends was attempting to swim across Cane River and they lost sight of him in the water.
Officers on scene contacted the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and
the Natchitoches Fire Department to conduct a search and rescue mission. After a thorough search, Zachory Lane Rice, (W/M, 21 y.o.a., of Zwolle) was located in Cane River and was pronounced deceased by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office.
This investigation is ongoing and the Natchitoches Police Department will release more details as they
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