A combined search effort by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana State Police Air Support, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries along with Natchitoches Parish Fire Districts #4, 7 and 9 are underway in west Natchitoches Parish for a missing Assumption Parish woman according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriiff Victor Jones Jr.
A search team consisting of air and ground units are currently looking for sixty-year-old Arlene D. Prince, W/F, 5’02”, 180 pounds, with brown hair with highlights and brown eyes, last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt riding a green Polaris Artic Cat 500 ATV with her dog a black labrador retriever with an orange collar.
Deputies say the search began on Wednesday afternoon, February 1st at approximately 4:38pm, when the woman’s husband contacted the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office reporting her missing.
The couple from the Thibodaux area who has a hunting camp and leases a hunting area on the Yellow Jacket Road off of La. Hwy 117 south of Hagewood, La., were in the area on Wednesday afternoon picking up deer feeders and other items on the lease.
At approximately 1:15pm, both Mr. & Mrs. Prince were traveling back to the camp-Mr. Prince was driving his pickup truck while Mrs. Prince and her dog were following possibly one-hundred yards behind because of dusty road conditions on the ATV.
Mr. Prince reported that he arrived at the camp, but noticed awhile later that Mrs. Prince and the dog failed to arrive.
He began to search the area repeatedly but failed to locate Mrs. Prince, the dog or the ATV and that’s when he contacted the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office for assistance.
A combined search effort by the NPSO, LSP, LDWF, Natchitoches Parish Fire Districts, and numerous volunteers and friends this evening is continuing at 11:52pm to locate Mrs. Prince, however, a thist time, she has not been located as those efforts continue according to Sheriff Jones.
Louisiana State Police Air Support with FLIR capability flew the dense piney wooded area this evening which also includes rugged terrain and ravines in areas but were unsuccessful.
Deputies, and volunteers are currently searching the area on ATVs and UTVs as the search efforts continue.
Sheriff Jones said we will use all of our resources available in an effort to find Mrs. Prince for her family.
If you see Mrs. Prince or her black Lab with an orange collar please contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-352-6432.