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Family of Guardsman found in Red River has questions about death


The family of a National Guardsman who was found dead in the Red River over the weekend have a lot of unanswered questions about their loved one's death.

Raeon Desdunes from New Orleans describes her brother, Desmond Desdunes as a planner, not someone who acts on impulse, pointing to his decision while in the 8th grade to one day join the National Guard.

"I honestly don't think that he actually jumped off the bridge as in just wanting to jump," said Raeon.

But according to authorities Desmond, 22, jumped from a Kansas City Railroad bridge in Shreveport Thursday night with a friend, Josh Miller. After two days of searching, boaters found his body floating in the middle of the river.

"Hey this guy is in camouflage, I bet this is the guy they've been looking for the last couple of days on the river," said Charlie Neff.

Miller, who was reportedly the first to jump in the river tried to help Desmond after hearing his cries for help. According to the Caddo Sheriff's Office Miller had to leave Desmond when they both went under.

"They were swimming back. The second male had a little trouble with swimming. He pulled the other guy under," said Sgt. Alan Davidson with the CPSO Marine Unit.

While his family is glad to have some closure, they said doing something so dangerous wasn't in Desdunes' nature. They are still searching for answers to what he was doing there and exactly why he jumped.

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