State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents recovered the body of a second missing fisherman in the Mississippi River Monday morning, according to a wildlife and fisheries news release.
Joshua Peters, 27, of Livingston, was found around 8 a.m. Monday, the release says.
Joshua Peters’ body was found just upriver of Ben Hur Road south of Baton Rouge.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of Joshua’s uncle, Larry Peters, 58, of Slaughter, on Sunday, in the Donaldsonville area, the release says.
Larry and Joshua Peters launched a 14-foot flat bottom boat from under the I-10 Bridge in Baton Rouge on Saturday to go fishing. According to the family of the deceased boaters, neither of the Peters was heard from Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
Wildlife and Fisheries will continue to search for the missing boat but Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck said if the boat hit something or was struck, the boat may be at the bottom of the river.
“We just don’t know right now what happened to the boat. We don’t have any witnesses,” Einck said.
The U.S. Coast Guard, and East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish sheriff’s offices were also involved with the search. The search area went from Baton Rouge to the Sunshine Bridge on the Mississippi River.
Joshua’s body was turned over to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office. Larry’s body was turned over to the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. An autopsy will be performed on both bodies to determine a cause of death.
Both bodies were recovered without wearing a personal flotation device.