Decomposing body found inside Prairieville home during wellness check
Decomposing body found inside Prairieville home during wellness check

Decomposing body found inside Prairieville home during wellness check

PRAIRIEVILLE — The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a wellness check led to the discovery of a decomposing body, sources tell UWK.

APSO deputies were asked to check on a man living on Melrose Dr. in Prairieville, near Dixie Dr. off of Airline Hwy. early Wednesday evening. It comes after the deceased’s loyal customer kept calling for a hair appointment, but could not get a return call. That’s when she reached out to mutual friends and even some family members asking if anyone had heard from him lately. It’s also when a family member called APSO asking deputies to check on the man.

When deputies knocked on the door, sources tell UWK that Garryl Blouin, 37, of Prairieville, answered. Sources add that when deputies asked about the man they were checking on, Blouin responded, “He’s dead.”

Inside the home, deputies found the decomposing body of Blouin’s uncle. At this time, APSO cannot confirm the deceased’s identity officially pending an autopsy given the decomposition.

As of now, APSO does not suspect foul play but an autopsy will determine the exact cause and manner of death. Blouin has been arrested and charged with failure to seek assistance. This felony charge carries a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail if convicted.

According to Louisiana law, the charge of failure to seek assistance states, “Any person at the scene of an emergency who knows that another person has suffered serious bodily injury shall, to the extent that the person can do so without danger or peril to self or others, give reasonable assistance to the injured person.”

Sources tell UWK that his uncle is believed to have been dead in the home for nearly a week. Additionally, there was a foul odor coming from the home that had grown stronger over the past few days.

A booking photo was not provided due to Act No. 494, which places restrictions on mugshots released to the media for most offenses with exceptions for certain violent crimes.

This is a developing story. Check back often for new information.

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