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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Elderly man's death ruled accident

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  • Accidental death has been listed as the cause of death of an elderly Morehouse Parish man who wandered away from his home Thursday night.
    The Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office received a call before 8 a.m. Friday from a passing motorist who discovered the body of Roosevelt Leopold, 88, in an area along Bud Road. Sheriff Mike Tubbs said at the time didn't believe foul play was involved in Leopold's death, but the case was listed as a suspicious death until an autopsy could be performed.
    On Saturday, detectives from the MPSO were present in Little Rock when medical examiners revealed Roosevelt's death was attributed to injuries he sustained in a fall and exposure to temperatures that dipped into the 20s overnight Thurday.
    Shortly after investigators arrived at the scene northeast of Mer Rouge, Tubbs said they believed Leopold may have become disoriented during the night and walked away from his home along the isolated gravel road. His body was discovered approximately 100 yards from his home.
    Investigators learned that friends helped look after Leopold, bringing him into Mer Rouge to bank and conduct other business.
    His home was less than one-half mile from the site where the body of Marcus Peoples was discovered in November 2011, two weeks after his family in Bastrop reported him missing. Travelle Perry was arrested in April 2012 in connection with that case and remains in custody awaiting trial.
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