Elderly man found dead in submerged truck at boat launch

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An elderly man was found dead in Lacombe, inside his submerged vehicle at the Main Street Boat Launch this morning.

"An STPSO deputy was conducting a routine patrol at the Main Street Boat Launch shortly after 8:00 a.m. when he observed what appeared to be the roof of a vehicle submerged in the water," the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said. "The man was pulled from the vehicle and emergency personnel attempted life-saving measures, but unfortunately those efforts were unsuccessful."

Officials say there does not appear to be any foul play. The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office will conduct an autopsy and determine the body's identity.

"It’s always unfortunate when a life is lost," Sheriff Randy Smith said. "Our prayers go out to this man’s family as well as the deputies and emergency personnel who worked tirelessly in an attempt to save him."