A missing Denham Springs man turned up Tuesday, telling law enforcement he wasn’t in danger, just camping.
A day earlier, the family of Shane Gaudin Sr. told the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office it hadn’t seen him since July 10, and the Sheriff’s Office turned to the public for help.
Gaudin had canoed down the Amite River and was with a friend at a campsite near Tiger Bend Road in East Baton Rouge Parish, according to a news release and a Tuesday interview with his brother Mark Gaudin.
Neither man had a cellphone on him, but the family of Shane Gaudin’s friend saw news coverage of his disappearance and drove out to the campsite, Mark Gaudin said.
Tuesday, Shane Gaudin told deputies he was safe and sound.
“After talking with (Shane) Gaudin Sr., it is believed that he initially left relative to personal problems he was having at home and needed some time away,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a news release.
He had been known to take off for a day or so in the past, but “for him to be gone five days was really throwing us off,” Mark Gaudin said.
Shane Gaudin’s son, Shane “S.J.” Gaudin Jr. was initially identified as a person of interest in his father’s disappearance, and he was arrested early Tuesday morning in Ascension Parish and taken back to Livingston Parish, where he was booked into jail on a count of obstruction of justice.
The Sheriff’s Office said only that his arrest was “pursuant to his actions — as well as statements — he made earlier to family members concerning his missing father.”
Mark Gaudin said his nephew dropped Shane Gaudin off when he went canoeing but told family members conflicting stories about where he had last seen him. He doesn’t know why. “He’s trying to stir the pot. ... Causing drama,” he said.
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