Posted: Aug 29, 2013 10:29 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 29, 2013 2:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Family members confirmed to News 2 that a body found in a wrecked pickup last night was Chris Broussard, an LSU student missing since early Tuesday morning.
A police search helicopter spotted Broussard's truck south of Baton Rouge on LA 30 Wednesday evening. Investigators said it appeared that the pickup hit a guardrail and went airborne, landing upside down in a canal.
Broussard's family reported him missing after they said he didn't come home from a bar where he was seeing some friends. His mother said she received a text message from him around 1 a.m. Tuesday that he was on his way home, which was the last time she heard from him.
Police said they would perform toxicology tests on Broussard.
The university's president and chancellor, Dr. F. King Alexander, released a statement that they were "deeply saddened" to hear about Broussard's death.
"It is always difficult for the LSU community to lose one of our own and grief counseling services are available to anyone from LSU impacted by this loss," he said.
News 2's Rebecca Buchanan will have more on the investigation into the wreck tonight.