Key piece of the puzzle found in bayou
Ricky Dietz of Truman Abshire’s Wreck Service watches as his wrecker pulls the car out of Bayou Tigre. Because the car was there for two years, it was loaded down with mud.
A diver from the Lafayette Sheriff Marine Division puts a larger float to mark where the car is located.
ERATH — Law enforcement moved one step closer to finding Tyler Lauran Domingue of Youngsville.
Deputies from the Vermilion Parish and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Offices recovered a submerged car south of Erath. The Pontiac Grand Am is believed to be connected to a 2014 cold case.
The car was submerged on the south bank the Bayou Tigre, located off St. Elmo Road south of Delcambre and Erath.
The vehicle went in the water near the wooden bridge that is heavily traveled.
Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillion said through “impressive” investigative work, they learned about the car.
He said the vehicle is believed to be that of Tyler Lauran Domingue who was reported missing in May of 2014 from St. Landry Parish.
Dive teams from both Lafayette and Vermilion Parishes as well as the Vermilion Parish Marine division were able to recover the vehicle approximately at 5 p.m. on Friday.
No word on if there was a body in the vehicle as of Saturday.
Couvillon said Domingue’s disappearance could be connected to the murder of two people who were found in a burnt SUV near North Vermilion High School.
The Sheriff’s Office arrested Dereck Viator in May in connection with the murder.