Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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Body of 12-Year-Old Louisiana Girl Found

Search and rescue teams have located the body of the 12-year-old
Mandeville girl who has been missing since being ejected into the
water after a boating crash incident in Shell Beach Bayou in St.
Bernard Parish on July 16.

The search and rescue teams found the body of Samantha
Vinturella shortly after 11 a.m. in Lake Borgne about 5 to 6 miles
from the original boating crash incident site.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement
Division (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, New Orleans Police
Department, Louisiana State Police, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and
Plaquemines parishes Sheriff’s Offices have been searching since
July 16 for Vinturella.

According to LDWF Enforcement Division Col. Winton Vidrine, LDWF
will be the lead investigating agency for this boating crash
incident to determine a cause of the collision and death.
Vinturella was not wearing a personal flotation device when the
boating crash incident occurred and her body will be turned over to
the St. Bernard Coroner’s Office.


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