Search Continues in Louisiana for Missing 12 Year Old Girl

Several agencies including Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries Enforcement Division agents are continuing to search for
a missing 12 year old girl in Shell Beach Bayou in St. Bernard
Parish after she was involved in a boating crash incident on July
16.

LDWF agents responded to a two vessel collision between a 20
foot boat operated by Marion Funchess, 61, of Folsom, and a 15 foot
boat operated by Paul Battle, age 48, of Mandevile, on the evening
of July 16 in the Shell Beach Bayou. Battle had four juvenile
passengers on board including the missing 12 year old girl.
Funchess had an adult passenger on board his boat.

All four juveniles were ejected from the 15 foot boat operated
by Battle with three of them able to be recovered from the water.
Battle was not ejected from the boat, but was taken to the hospital
with serious injuries. Funchess and his passenger did not receive
any major injuries.

LDWF, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and
Plaquemines parishes Sheriff’s Offices searched through the night
and all day today for the missing girl. The search agencies will
continue to search until nightfall tonight and resume the search at
first light in the morning.

LDWF will be the lead investigating agency for this boating
crash incident. The missing girl was not wearing a personal
flotation device when the boating crash incident occurred.

 

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