Cops: Man tied self up and jumped in bayou

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
July 26, 2018 - 11:59 am

A man found tied up and dead in a bayou took his own life, according to Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre. 

"Investigators have determined the death of a Galliano man found in Bayou Lafourche to be self-inflicted," a news release from the Sheriff's office stated.

A firefighter pulled the body of 69-year-old Terry Angelle from the bayou over the weekend.

Despite reporting that Angelle's arms and legs were bound by rope, Webre says it appears no one killed the man.

"Detectives have discovered no signs of foul play through the investigation."

The investigation began when a concerned citizen reported a body floating in the bayou Sunday. 

"Detectives found each of Angelle’s arms was tied to his waist using slip knots which, detectives believe, Angelle tightened himself. Angelle’s bicycle, which was his only known mode of transportation, was found at a dock approximately 500 feet from where his body was discovered. A pair of scissors was also found on the ground near the bicycle, and detectives believe Angelle used the scissors to cut the rope."

The sheriff says evidence indicated it was not a robbery.

"Angelle had several items in his pockets including a cell phone, his wallet, and cash. Through interviews with family and friends, detectives have found no potential motive for a murder. Detectives also learned he had previously been admitted to a hospital for treatment of depression, but Angelle either refused or did not respond to treatment."

Final autopsy results are still pending.

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