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Claiborne SO aids in discovery of missing Webster man

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office was instrumental in locating a man from Webster who had been missing several weeks.

The body of 46-year-old J.D. “Dee” Bogues was located near Homer Monday.

Claiborne Parish Sheriff Sam Dowies said a citizen who tends Springhill CME Cemetery off La. 534 found Bogues’ vehicle just before noon Sunday, April 2.

“We sent some guys from our office and Webster (Sheriff’s) office out there to process the car and towed it out of there,” Dowies said. “They made a big circle in the woods but didn’t find anything with the naked eye.”

Dowies said Monday, April 3, a canine was deployed from Shreveport Fire Department.

“The dog was a big help in recovering the body,” Dowies said. “A gun was found in the woods, along with identification.”

Claiborne processed the scene. A coroner and pathologist are conducting tests.

“We searched high and low and used every investigative tool we could to locate him,” Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker said. “On March 13, De Soto Sheriff’s Office, at our request, sent a helicopter and we searched in and around Kisatchie Forest, which was the last place Bogues was seen.”

Parker said they looked in that area for four hours that day. – “down every dirt road you could imagine.”

On March 23, again at WPSO’s request, De Soto Sheriff’s Office sent a boat to aid in searching Caney Lake north of Minden.

“We searched Dorcheat, Dixie Inn, Doyline, Sikes’ Ferry – all the boat ramps trying to locate his vehicle,” said Parker.

The investigation is ongoing, however, Parker said they do not suspect foul play.

“It’s a sad, sad deal,” Dowies added. “He’s been missing for a month.”

Bogus’ sister posted on Facebook the family’s gratitude to all who have called and prayed for them.

“A BIG thank you to the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office For All Of The Long Hours Spent Searching For My Brother,” Laura Bogues Monroe wrote. “Please Respect Our Families Privacy At this Time …”

“Throughout this whole investigation, countless man hours have been spent in assistance with De Soto Parish, Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office and Minden Police assisted us today,” said Parker. “It’s a sad deal, but we are happy we can bring some closure to the family and they can start the healing process.”

The sheriff added his prayers are extended to the family.