Aug 3, 2010 4:59 PM by Carolyn Cerda
UPDATE-In an effort to locate missing 21 year old Jayce Ryan Dupuis of Jennings, search teams from eight different law enforcement agencies assisted the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office in an intense air, ground and water search of an approximate two square mile area in the vicinity of the Jaenke Bridge north of Jennings. The law enforcement search teams were assisted by LaSAR, Louisiana Search & Rescue Dog Team, a group of highly trained volunteers from Livingston Parish. The Louisiana State Police provided helicopter support to assist from the air and as a safety precaution for the ground units below who searched for nearly nine hours.
Jayce Ryan Dupuis is 5'11", 135 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and white and black plaid shorts, walking in an unknown direction on LA 97 near its intersection with I-10, on Sunday, August 1st, at approximately 1:30 a.m. At this time, all investigative leads have been exhausted and the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office strongly urges that anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Jayce Ryan Dupuis to please contact Chief Deputy Larry Dupuis at 337-824-3850.
A 21 year old Jennings man is still missing after his truck was found abandoned and wrecked Sunday. Jeff Davis Officials are actively looking for Jayce Dupuis, but his family says they're not doing enough.
Gloria Sexton, Dupuis' mother, says Jayce went to Wal-Mart early Sunday morning. She says the man who went with him was the last person to see him. Sexton says that man told officials that Dupuis slammed into a pole at Wal-Mart, then fled down I-10 to the next exit on Hwy 97. The man also claimed that the two dumped the truck into Bayou Nezpique and then, parted ways.
"It's my son's truck, but, he doesn't care about it... he would just want his cousin to be safe," said Roiyon Self, Dupuis' aunt. Self says officials have been treating this case as though Dupuis is simply hiding out, because of wrecking and dumping the truck. "I hope he did just do a stupid thing, and he's hiding and he's scared because the other alternative is not good."
But, Dupuis' mother is fearing the worst. "I think he was murdered... I think he was murdered," said Sexton. She says Jayce has never gone missing before, and that officials should be looking for foul play.
Even though Sexton thinks something terrible may have happened, she's hoping for the best.
"If you know where he is... if he's dead and you where he is please come forward. If Jayce is watching please come forward, we love you come home."
Dupuis is approximately 5'11" and weighs 135 lbs. He has brown eyes and brown hair. If you witnessed the incident at Wal-Mart, or if you have any information on the whereabouts of Jayce Ryan Dupuis, please contact Chief Deputy Larry Dupuis at the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-824-3850.