People, who live in the calm Plaquemines Parish community of Myrtle Grove were awakened early Friday morning to calamity and commotion.
It was an all-out search for a man who’d gone missing.
“It was all of Plaquemines Parish,” neighbor Kenneth Smith said. “You had state troopers; you had the coast guard, helicopter flying around for at least six-years.”
Investigators say 32-year old Victor Navarro was last seen Thursday night at the Myrtle Grove Bar.
He’d allegedly been drinking before he got behind the wheel of his pickup truck.
In unfamiliar territory, detectives say he lost his way on a road that unexpectedly came to an end.
“Come down this way and what we heard he was on the phone,” Smith said.
Investigators say Navarro phoned a friend to say he’d driven into water, his truck was filling up fast, and he couldn’t open the doors.
His friend and police searched the area, but the search turned up nothing.
Smith said, “In daylight that they seen the roof of the truck; in the canal behind me.” WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, “Where?” “The Wilkerson canal which is right there,” Smith replied.
Trotter asked, “How deep is that water?” “Anywhere between 8 to 10 feet and his truck was smashed when they pulled it out from the bottom and everything,” Jeremy Smith replied.
“As far as I know, they never did recover anything or find anybody,” Kenneth Smith said.
Friday night, friends and co-workers rushed to the scene, devastated to say the least.
“We just can’t believe it, you know,” co-worker Robert Black said. “We just seen the guy the other day, yesterday.”
“I just hope and pray that they find him and that he’s safe and come back to work,” Black said.
Authorities in Plaquemines Parish suspended their search around 5 o’clock Friday night.
The search resumes Saturday.