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Family finds Bossier City man in Webster Parish pond

WEBSTER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

The body found in a pond just off of Interstate 20 in Webster Parish Wednesday morning has been identified as that of a Bossier City man who disappeared after running away during a traffic stop on September 9.

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says a Louisiana State Police Trooper pulled 27-year-old Raffee Howard Haynes over on I20 between Minden and the exit for Hwy 531 just after 8 p.m. that night, after receiving reports of an erratic driver in the area.

The trooper reported detecting a strong odor of alcohol on Haynes, and had begun to conduct a field sobriety test when Haynes fled on foot. At that point, Sexton says, the trooper was unable to pursue because there was a passenger in Haynes' car and he could not leave her, or his State Police vehicle,on the side of the road. Instead, he called the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office and Minden police, but they did not find Haynes.

Family members contacted Louisiana State Police a few days later when he had still not returned home. Sexton says the sheriff's office had not been contacted by Haynes' family, and was not aware that he had been reported missing.

On Wednesday morning, members of Haynes family searching in the area where he was last seen found a body in the pond just off of the interstate less than 200 yards from where the traffic stop took place.

Sexton says Louisiana State Police was notified, but asked the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office to investigate, since a trooper was involved in the traffic stop just before Haynes' disappearance.

WPSO recovered the body from the pond around 10 a.m. Wednesday. Sexton says identification found with the remains belonged to Haynes, and matched the driver's license he had left with the trooper when he fled the traffic stop.

One of Haynes' boots was also found stuck in the mud at the edge of the pond. Since it was dark, it is believed that Haynes did not see where he was going when he ran into the water. While drowning is suspected as the cause of death, the body has been sent to Little Rock for an autopsy to confirm. Foul play is not suspected.

According to Sexton, Haynes was on parole and had an extensive criminal history that included 3 convictions for driving while under the influence.

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