Deville man OK after long night lost in the woods on Dewey Wills WMA

Got ‘turned around’ Saturday afternoon, LDWF says

After a 15-hour search this weekend, authorities rescued a Deville man who got lost Saturday on the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area in LaSalle Parish.

Authorities found John L. Paul Jr., 29, unharmed on the banks of North Fork Bayou at about 10:40 a.m. Sunday, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Paul, who was released to his family and didn’t require any medical treatment, told agents he was with his dog when he got turned around and lost.

He had contacted his girlfriend around noon on Saturday requesting water, but when she arrived, all she found was his truck, the release states.

Rescue teams from LDWF, the Louisiana State Police, the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office used dogs, boats, a helicopter and infrared thermal imaging devices in the search, according to the release.

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