Three bodies recovered from Toledo Bend Lake; all have been identified

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Dive Team aided in the search for the missing men (Photo courtesy Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office)

UPDATE: (KTAL) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has released the name of the boaters who drowned on July 30.

The bodies of Paul L. Murphy Jr., 46, of Opelousas, Joseph L. Sam Jr., 44, of Opelousas, James F. Young, 40, of Lafayette, were recovered from Toledo Bend.

Two bodies were recovered by authorities from Toledo Bend, according to the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

(KTAL) A body was discovered in the San Miguel Bayou area of Toledo Bend just after noon on Saturday, July 31.

Three men went out in a small aluminum boat late Friday night and were not heard from again, according to the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

But, the sheriff’s office reported, the men’s truck and trailer was found parked at the boat launch at the end of LA Hwy 1215.

On Saturday, multiple law enforcement agencies and first responders aided Sabine Parish deputies in the search, and the first body was recovered shortly after noon Saturday in the San Miguel Bayou area of Toledo Bend Lake.

Divers continue to search for missing boat
(Photo courtesy Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office)

The other two bodies were recovered Sunday morning, officials say.

Law enforcement officers and rescue teams remain at the lake as they continue the search for the boat the men were in.

The victims have not been identified, pending notification of next of kin.

In addition to Sabine Parish Sheriff deputies and detectives, the Sabine Parish Coroner’s Office, North Sabine First Responders, the Central Sabine Search and Rescue Dive Team, agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s deputies, De Soto Parish Sheriff’s deputies and the  De Soto Parish SO, Desoto Parish Fire & Rescue remained on the scene Sunday.

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office will provide updates as they become available.

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