- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries agents have recovered the body of a Denham Springs man who stepped off a houseboat in Grand River and slipped into the water.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says agents found 61-year-old James L. Haley’s body Thursday near the Bayou Sorrell locks in the Intracoastal Canal in Iberville Parish.

LDWF agents along with the Iberville Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s offices began searching for Haley May 1 around 10:30 p.m. His body was found about 12 miles south of Plaquemine and nine miles downstream from where he fell. Authorities say Haley apparently surfaced twice but couldn’t swim and was not wearing a life vest.

Haley’s body was turned over to the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

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