Coroner confirms body found in Lake Pontchartrain is missing Baton Rouge woman
NEW ORLEANS - Officials have confirmed the body found in Lake Pontchartrain Tuesday is that of a Baton Rouge woman who went missing over the weekend.
The Coast Guard began searching for 32-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux after an unmanned sailboat was found drifting in the lake Sunday evening. It's believed Thibodeaux was on board with 43-year-old Michael Lee Farley when the two ended up in the water.
Farley, who police said was in a relationship with Thibodeaux, was found by the Coast Guard that same day. He was reportedly in "good condition", and he has since been released from medical care.
Tuesday night, officials recovered a woman's body in the water, which was identified by family as Thibodeaux. The coroner's office confirmed the identity Thursday morning, but the cause of death has yet to be determined, according to WWL.
Police said during a press conference Tuesday morning they were investigating the matter, but they have yet to find any evidence of foul play.
Authorities say the 34-foot vessel was first spotted just before 6 p.m. Sunday. The boat was "uncrewed", but a dog and cell phones were found on board.
The Coast Guard, the Department of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, NOPD and the New Orleans Fire Department were assisting with the search.
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