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UPDATE: Body Found on the Sabine River


February 22, 2024

Released by: Sheriff Robert Burby

Body Recovered at the Hwy 190 East Bridge in Bon Wier:

At 1300 hours (1:00 pm), we recovered the body of Virginia Alvis Perkins, W/F, 83 YOA. She was recovered on the Texas shoreline near the North side of the railroad bridge.

On February 14, 2024, NCSO dispatchers received several calls of a white female observed going over the Hwy 190 East Bridge of the Sabine River. We responded to the bridge and found an unoccupied vehicle parked on the bridge in the eastbound shoulder. We contacted the witnesses who made the call and located evidence inside her vehicle that provided us with her identity and intentions.

The family was notified, and I met with them at the scene.  We initiated a water recovery with negative results. During the last 8 days we were assisted by Texas and Louisiana Parks and Wildlife, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bon Wier VFD, Merryville VFD, and Merryville PD.  Other agencies that assisted during this period were Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and DeRidder FD, who flew drones that searched the water and shorelines. Tarver Performance Marine assisted by using their live scope and sonar.  

I want to thank all the agencies and the many volunteers who devoted their time and energy during our search efforts. It was very difficult and extremely hard on the family who were there every day, and we want you to join us in keeping them in our prayers during their bereavement process.  

The outpouring of support from Texas and Louisiana communities, churches, and individuals who provided food, drinks, and other items to help support and facilitate our search efforts are greatly appreciated.


Search crews have recovered a body from the Sabine River near the bridge on Highway 190 East. More details will follow soon.


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