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Coroner confirms body found in bayou is boy swept away in drainage ditch Tuesday

People have formed a memorial for 7-year-old Daysean Combest at the point where he fell into a rain-swollen ditch. (Source: Jasmine Payoute/KSLA News 12) People have formed a memorial for 7-year-old Daysean Combest at the point where he fell into a rain-swollen ditch. (Source: Jasmine Payoute/KSLA News 12)
The body of 7-year-old Desean Combest was found, about 3 miles from where he disappeared from beside a rain-swollen ditch on Tuesday. (Source: KSLA News 12) The body of 7-year-old Desean Combest was found, about 3 miles from where he disappeared from beside a rain-swollen ditch on Tuesday. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Crews working on a railroad trestle early Thursday morning flagged down firefighters after spotting a child's body a large deep pool of water near the railroad trestle along the 7200 block of Mansfield Road early Thursday morning. (Source: KSLA News 12) Crews working on a railroad trestle early Thursday morning flagged down firefighters after spotting a child's body a large deep pool of water near the railroad trestle along the 7200 block of Mansfield Road early Thursday morning. (Source: KSLA News 12)
The body of Daysean Combest, 7, was found in Brush Bayou by a construction crew working on the railroad trestle over Brush Bayou. (Source: Shreveport Police Department) The body of Daysean Combest, 7, was found in Brush Bayou by a construction crew working on the railroad trestle over Brush Bayou. (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Daysean Combest, 7, was last seen standing near a rain-swollen drainage ditch in Shreveport's Ingleside neighborhood early Tuesday afternoon. (Source: Cody Jennings/KSLA News 12) Daysean Combest, 7, was last seen standing near a rain-swollen drainage ditch in Shreveport's Ingleside neighborhood early Tuesday afternoon. (Source: Cody Jennings/KSLA News 12)
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The Caddo coroner has confirmed that the body found in a Shreveport bayou Thursday morning is that of a 7-year-old boy swept away in drainage ditch Tuesday. 

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Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler says the body of Daysean Combest was found at around 8:15 a.m. in Brush Bayou off of Mansfield Road in South Shreveport between Valley View Drive and W. 70th Street.

Shreveport Fire Chief Scott Wolverton said crews from Alpha Railroad and Pilings flagged down firefighters and reported they had seen what appeared to be the body of a small child in a large deep pool of water near the railroad trestle along the 7200 block of Mansfield Road. 

That's some 3 miles south of where he was last seen early Tuesday afternoon near a rain-swollen drainage ditch in Shreveport's Ingleside neighborhood.

The railroad construction worker who found the boy's body tells KSLA News 12 he was checking on equipment there around 7:30 a.m. when he spotted it. He says he noticed that the bayou had gone down some 4 feet since the previous day. 

Mayor Tyler asked for continued prayers for Daysean's mother Mary Edmond and the rest of his and family and asked that donations be made to a gofundme account that has been set up to help pay for Daysean's funeral expenses. 

A Daysean Combest Funeral Donations account has also been set up by the Professional Firefighters Credit Union at 9410 Healthplex Dr. near I-49 and Bert Kouns. donations may also be made at 1907 Benton Rd, Suite 100. Donations may be made at these locations during normal business hours 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Friday, August 1l. 

"I'm a mother with a son and I just simply cannot imagine the pain Ms. Edmond is feeling today," said Tyler. "I've been with her this morning with my staff and although she is in unbearable grief, she wanted everyone to know how truly grateful she is for the outpouring of love and support."

Mayor Tyler also thanked all of the departments that gave their time and effort to find Daysean, including the city's fire, police, streets and drainage, city engineering and water and sewerage departments. The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office of Homeland Security, Caddo Fire District 6, LifeAir Rescue and resources from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also assisted in the search.

First responders began rescue efforts around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 3900 block of Orla Avenue, hoping to find the boy. The search continued Wednesday near Wyngate Blvd at W 84th Street before it was called off overnight. 

It's unclear how he got into the ditch. His mother called 911 after finding his sandals by the drainage ditch and believes he passed through the ditch during heavy rains.

On Wednesday morning, crews began their search at Brush Bayou, where the water drains. Caddo Fire 6 searched from Flournoy Lucas Road south and cleared up to Louisiana Highway 3132. Wildlife & Fisheries and Caddo deputies searched from Southern Loop north to Flournoy Lucas.

Fire Chief Scott Wolverton discouraged private citizens from trying to help because the people out now are trained to do this. But he does ask the community to pray.

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