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Body Of One Boating Accident Victim Found Hours Before Memorial Service

Bossier sheriff's boat searches for the two missing people. Bossier sheriff's boat searches for the two missing people.
Aluminum boat which sank. Aluminum boat which sank.
People gathered to keep watch and pray. People gathered to keep watch and pray.
David Loftin David Loftin
Hannah Griffith Hannah Griffith

From April 8
Hundreds of people packed the Coushatta boat launch for a memorial service for David Loftin Jr, 25 and Hannah Griffith, 15.
Mourners sang songs and prayed for the two and their families.
A make shift memorial has been set up right at the bank of the river where the two went missing.
Meanwhile, one body has been recovered in the search along the Red River for the two boaters who have been missing since last week Thursday.
According to Red River Sheriff Johnny Ray Norman, Loftin's body was recovered Tuesday afternoon not far from where the boat reportedly capsized.  Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Griffith's body has still not been found and authorities say they will not stop looking until she is found.
As soon as that happens and the waters calm down, they say they will begin the recovery of three vehicles which were found by sonar equipment at the bottom of the river.
Story by Tania Francois

From April 7
A memorial service has been set for 15-year-old Hannah Griffith a 10th grader at Lakeview High School and is from Fairview Alpha and 25-year-old David Loftin Jr. who is from Martin.
The service will be Tuesday night at 7 pm at the Coushatta boat launch where they went missing last Thursday morning.  Their bodies have not been recovered and the search continues. Funeral services have not been set and will be on hold until their remains are found. The family wants to thank all of the people who helped in the search and who continue to search.

From April 4
Sheriff Johnny Ray Norman says the search for the two missing people continued today with no luck.  He says the search will be called off at night fall and will begin again Saturday morning.

From April 3
A 15-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man are both missing after a boat they were on capsized in the Red River just off of the Coushatta boat launch in Red River Parish.
Sheriffs officials say just after midnight Thursday morning a group of six went out on a small aluminum boat.  They say when the boat made it near the first pillar of the Couchatta bridge, it went under.  Four of the six, including the brother of the man that is missing, were able to make it back to shore the other two never did.
Sheriff Johnny Ray Norman says with so many hours that have gone by the search is more of a recovery than a rescue. He says right now they are basically looking for bodies.
The waters in the Red River have been unusually high with the currents moving very fast.
Norman says at one point during the search there were as many as 50 boats in the water.  By midday it was mostly rescue crews from several neighboring parishes which included everything from sophisticated sonar equipment to cadaver dogs and two helicopters even one from the coast guard.  The sonar equipment was able to find three cars that are submerged in the river. The sheriff says they will remove them once the red river dies down.
By night fall, the search was called off and a candle light vigil began for the two who are missing. The missing teens youth pastor said this is a time for everyone to rely on God.
Story by Tania Francois

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