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Officials search Ouachita River for missing boater

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Search and rescue crews are currently searching for a missing boater on the Ouachita River in Ouachita Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for Chuck Thrasher, 64, of Monroe, who was reported missing shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday.

According to family, Thrasher never returned home Thursday from a fishing trip. Authorities recovered Thrasher’s 17-foot aluminum vessel in the Ouachita River near West Monroe Thursday night, and searched throughout the night.

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