Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole Agents assigned to the Natchitoches District, volunteers and family members of Donnie Collins Jr. are searching by ground and water along La. Hwy 1, the Johnson Chute Road area and Bayou Pierre for any clues that may give detectives a lead in his disappearance in December according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.
Detectives have been investigating Mr. Collins disappearance since December 11 when family members contacted the NPSO reporting him missing.
Deputies are currently looking for 44-year-old Donnie E. Collins Jr., W/M, Hgt/510, 200 pounds with light brown hair and blue eyes of Natchitoches, La.
Collins was last seen wearing denim jeans and a sweatshirt.
On Friday night December 7 at approximately 10:45pm, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Louisiana State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on La. Hwy 1 near Johnson Chute involving a white 2002 Toyota pickup truck owned by Collins, however, he was not at the scene when law enforcement arrived.
The vehicle was towed by a local wrecker service.
Family members told deputies they hadn’t seen or heard from Collins since December 7, 2018.
Deputies checked with hospitals in the area.
This is the third time, deputies have returned to the area looking for clues or any evidence that could aid them in the investigation.
An aerial search of the area has also been conducted.
His cell phone and wallet were reportedly found in the crashed vehicle.
Detectives are currently involved and actively investigating Collins dissappearance.
If you have any information please contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318.352.6432 or the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 318.357.7830.
Detective Jonathan Byles is case agent.
Collins has been entered into the National Crime Information Center as a missing person.