St. Landry

Mar 24, 2014 3:25 PM by Dave Fields

SLPSO hopes autopsy to provide insight into elderly Opelousas man's death

Autopsy results are pending on any elderly Opelousas man who was discovered late Saturday morning on the outer boundary line of his own property by an Equusearch Team.

Deputies from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office (SLPSO) are hoping that the coroner's report will provide additional insight into the death of Joseph Simien, Sr., who had been reported missing by family members on March 11. He was last seen at his home and family members say Simien suffered from the beginning stages of dementia.

"The investigation is still ongoing and there are things that we still want answers on," said Capt. Megan Vizena, SLPSO spokesperson who said that "no foul play is suspected at this time."

Prior to the discovery of Simien's body, the Opelousas man had last been seen on March 9 at his home. The location where Simien was found was "very thick" and "very tall", indicated Vizena, who added that "Equusearch deserves the credit for finding him."

Vizena said that finding Simien was the culmination of an persistent effort by multiple agencies to locate the missing man, who owned several acres and several pieces of property on Sidney Charles Rd. Vizena said that, besides SLPSO searches on foot and on 4-wheelers, deputies also relied on the help of others to help locate Simien.

"Detectives used every resource we had. LSP provided the helicopter and we brought cadaver dogs from Patterson," said Vizena, who said that Equusearch's manpower was the biggest need area that was filled during the search process.



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