BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Bossier City Police say foul play is not suspected in the death of resident of a local facility that assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Police say the body of a 53-year-old woman now identified as Pamela Owens was found in the bayou about 100 yards behind The Arc of Acadiana Northwest facility on Shed Road near I-220.
Staff members told police they noticed the woman missing from her residence at the center at about 4:45 a.m. and began searching the grounds for her. They found her body in the bayou about an hour later and called police.
According to police, the results of an autopsy conducted Thursday indicated that Owens died from drowning.
The Arc works with people who have developmental disabilities. Many live there on a long term basis.
In an official statement released by the Arc of Acadiana Northwest Thursday afternoon, Public Relations Director Julie Gauthier said, "Early this morning, one of the residents of the Northwest Supports Facility was found missing from her residence and was subsequently found to have died. Bossier City Police were notified immediately and have begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this tragedy.
This is an extremely emotional time for our staff and residents, and we ask that the media give us some time to focus on caring for them. We are in the process of investigating this incident and gathering details. We will share more information when we have had the opportunity to review everything."