Authorities search for missing Hammond man after crash into Plaquemines canal
Chris Miller Reporting
Authorities in Plaquemines Parish are looking for the driver of a car that ended up in the Myrtle Grove canal. Even though they recovered the car, there's no sign of the man who was behind the wheel.
Sheriff's officials say Victor Manual Navarro lost control of his Dodge Ram and drove into the canal late last night, called a friend to tell him the truck was filling with water, and that's the last that was heard from him.
Commander Eric Becnel with the sheriff's office says they found the truck today and sent in divers.
"They went into the vehicle, did not locate the missing person," Becnel told WWL First News. "We removed the vehicle from the water approximately 10:30 this morning, searched it, and the individual was not located in the vehicle."
Becnel says if Navarro is alive and wandered off, they need to find him -- he said Navarro has an undisclosed medical condition that could become serious if he was injured in the crash.
"Anyone with information on Navarro's whereabouts is requested to immediately contact their local law enforcement agency," reads a news release from the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's office.