State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents recovered the body of a second missing fisherman in the Mississippi River on Monday morning, according to a Department of Wildlife and Fisheries news release.
Joshua Peters, 27, of Livingston, was found around 8 a.m. Monday, the release says.
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 had launched a 14-foot flat bottom boat from under the Interstate 10 Mississippi River Bridge on Saturday to go fishing. According to the family of the deceased boaters, neither 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. Joshua Peters’ body was turned over to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office. Larry Peters’ 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.
Neither man had on a personal flotation device when their bodies were found.
The search area went from Baton Rouge to the Sunshine Bridge on the Mississippi River.