NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A Natchez man drowned Thursday while herding cattle near Melrose, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies.
Authorities were called to the 1700 block of LA Hwy. 484 near Melrose just before 9:00 a.m. on reports that a man had fallen into the water.
When deputies arrived on the scene, witnesses reportedly told them that they were preparing to herd cattle on horseback in the area at the time of the incident.
Deputies say witnesses told them the victim began to cross a waterway called Bayou Brevelle when his horse became startled, throwing him into the water.
Search and rescue divers consisting of members from NPSO, Natchitoches Parish Fire Districts 4, 6 and 7 searched the area for the victim.
Just after 10:00 a.m., divers recovered the body of 32-year-old Todd Eric Roque. Roque was pronounced dead at the scene by Natchitoches Parish Asst. Coroner Steven Clanton of apparent drowning.
Sheriff Victor Jones and the deputies of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office say they extend their deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the Roque family during this terrible tragedy.
Authorities say during this past month's floods, Todd has helped several farmers in Natchitoches Parish move their cattle to safety and away from floodwaters.
Todd is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy and Kathy Roque Sr. of Natchez. Tommy Roque is the superintendent of the Diocese of Alexandria Catholic Schools and Mrs. Kathy is a secretary for the NPSO Patrol Division.