40-year-old found dead at Paragon Casino Resort, 2nd reported death at resort in 2 months

Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 5:32 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2022 at 5:39 PM CST
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MARKSVILLE, La. (KALB) - The Avoyelles Parish Coroner’s Office confirmed to News Channel 5 that a person was found dead at the Paragon Casino Resort in one of the hotel rooms Friday, November 18.

The coroner’s office identified the person as 40-year-old Jacob Paul. The cause of death is still undetermined at this time, but the coroner’s office said the death was not a result of a stabbing or a shooting.

We have reached out to the Paragon Casino Resort for more information on the death of Paul.

News Channel 5 also received the following statement from the Tunica Biloxi Tribal Police Department.

“On Friday, November 18, 2022, at approximately 1030 hours, a 40-year-old deceased white male was discovered at the Paragon Casino Resort Hotel.  The Tunica Biloxi Police Department is currently investigating the incident and is working in collaboration with the Avoyelles Parish Coroner’s Office and Paragon Management. At this time the cause of death is undetermined and not the result of a shooting or stabbing. In addition, autopsy and toxicology results are pending.  Chief Harold Pierite is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Tunica Biloxi Police Department.”

This is the second dead person to be found at the Paragon Casino over the last two months. Back on Oct. 3, the body of 17-year-old Giah Barrere was also found at the resort. According to the coroner’s office, Barrere’s official cause of death has still not been determined at this time.

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