UPDATE: Authorities in St. Landry Parish have recovered the body of a teen who was thrown off a horse and was flung into a pond.
Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The victim, whose body was recovered just before 10 p.m., has been identified as 17-year-old Jacory Levier.
An autopsy will be performed and an official cause of death will be released at a later date, Guidroz said.
It is believed that the horse got spooked and darted off, throwing the victim.
ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KLFY) The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office says detectives are dragging a pond near the Beau Chene High School in search of a teenager who they believe drowned in a retention pond.
According to Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, deputies are searching for the body of a 17-year-old male.
Guidroz said it appears the victim was riding a horse and was flung off and into the pond after the horse got spooked and darted off.
He could not release the teen’s name and did not give any additional information.
As of 9:20 p.m. Guidroz said a dive crew was in the pond with sonar units hoping to make a recovery.