BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) — Bossier Parish authorities say they now know more about the backpack and bicycle shown in a social media post that’s been causing a bit of a stir just ahead of Christmas.
The bicycle, personalized backpack and a bag were found in woods near the 400 block of Fillmore Cemetery Road near Louisiana Highway 157 and were reported to the Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 8.
Authorities initially found nothing to indicate any criminal activity, a Sheriff’s Office representative told KSLA News 12.
There was no missing person’s case connected. The bicycle did appear to have been stolen. And deputies said it might belong to a homeless person. In the bag were some adult clothing, a flashlight, zip ties and some perishable food.
Patrol Deputy Chase Voorhies then “... dug a little deeper, literally, as he searched the nooks and crannies of the large backpack,” sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis reported the afternoon of Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
“He was able find a piece of paper with a name on it. He did some further investigating. And with the help of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office dispatchers, he was able to contact the person. And the mystery got some answers.”
That person told the Sheriff’s Office that the backpack belonged to their daughter and that it had been a while since the girl last saw the backpack because she donated it to Goodwill about 1.5 years earlier, Davis said.
But before those answers came, a Baton Rouge man made a post Wednesday, Dec. 23 showing the child’s bicycle and backpack reportedly found in the woods near U.S. Highway 80 and Louisiana Highway 157 in the Haughton-Fillmore area.
The backpack is embroidered with the initials SBN.
The man who posted the photos to Facebook, Mark Prevot, said he was looking at a potential project site when he came across the abandoned bike and backpack. He said he found a school lunch in the backpack, as well as some plastic zip ties.
The post had been shared more than 13,000 times as of Thursday, Dec. 24.
“It made me nauseated to see because I fear foul play,” he said in the Facebook post.
KSLA News 12 reached out to the Sheriff’s Office about the discovery. That’s when a representative acknowledged that the scene appeared odd but nothing criminal had been discovered.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Anyone with any further information about the scene should call the Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203.