Police: Body Found in Woods Believed to Be Missing 19-Year-Old Teen

January 4, 2018 Last Updated: January 4, 2018

A body—believed to be of a missing 19-year-old teen—was found in the woods of Springfield, Louisiana, Thursday morning.

Livingston Parish Sheriff’s office made the announcement in an updated post, outlining how the body was discovered by volunteers at around 9 a.m on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Authorities said the body is “believed to be” of Peter Pedeaux. It was discovered near the intersection of Blood River and Perrin Ferry Roads in Springfield.

According to ABC affiliate WBRZ, Pedeaux was first reported missing on Sunday night (New Year’s Eve) after he went into the woods with his friends. But the teenager did not come back with the group.

The group was allegedly going fishing in the area, KSLA reported.

Members of Pedeaux’s family told WBRZ that his friends had conflicting stories when asked by sheriff’s deputies.

But in the updated post by the sheriff’s office they said: “at this time, detectives do not suspect foul play.”

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is still pending.

“We appreciate all the first responders and volunteers who dedicated their time and attention to this cause,” Sheriff Ard said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pedeaux family.”

The teenager’s family also released this statement below on Thursday through the sheriff’s office and asked for privacy.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped search for Peter and we are so moved by the actions, love and support we received. There were people from all around who came to help us and for that we are grateful.

It’s important to know that Peter was close to his family and that he loved God and genuinely loved people. He was so kind, sweet, and had the heart of a missionary.

This is not the outcome we were praying for but know Peter is now wrapped in the arms of our loving Father for eternity. Even though we are currently experiencing painful sorrow, we now anxiously anticipate the day we are reunited.” 

Over 100 first first-response personnel and volunteers had been searching for Pedeaux since Monday, the Livingston Parish News reported.

The sheriff’s office said that the investigation is still ongoing.

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