Sheriff Craig Webre reported the body of a Golden Meadow man was discovered in Bayou Lafourche after an attempted theft at a residence. Water Patrol deputies discovered the body of Michael Gonzales (age 37) of Golden Meadow Friday morning following the incident.
Through investigation, detectives learned a Golden Meadow resident exited his East Main Street home at around 5:40 a.m. Friday, March 18, and discovered a man, later identified as Gonzales, attempting to steal a small generator from a carport. Upon realizing he had been spotted, detectives learned, Gonzales began to flee with the generator. Gonzales eventually dropped the generator in the driveway and continued running toward Bayou Lafourche. Gonzales then entered the bayou and attempted to swim to the other side. At one point, a witness saw him go underwater and never resurface. Water Patrol deputies, along with assistance from Port Fourchon Harbor Police, began searching for Gonzales, and he was found deceased later that morning.