It’s day three and still no sign of Tony Procell, the man allegedly kidnapped by a Natchitoches police officer.
Law enforcement agents across several parishes continue their search; they’re focusing on the Kisatchie National Forest, but also searching in Sabine, Natchitoches and Desoto Parishes. They’re operating the search as a ‘rescue’ because accused kidnapper Robert Barthelemy told investigators he let Procell walk away from his car in the Kisatchie National Forest.
Accused kidnapper Robert Barthelemy remains in the Sabine Parish Detention
Center. He’s on administrative leave from the Natchitoches Police Department.
We’ve learned Robert Barthelemy and Tony Procell served together in the Louisiana National Guard in the 2nd Squadron108th Cavalry Regiment. According to Col. Michael Kazmierzak, Procell was a specialist. He was honorably discharged in February of 2013. Robert Barthelemy is an active guardsman with the regiment. He’s a scout platoon sergeant, with the rank of Sergeant First Class.
In addition to the law enforcement search, there have been volunteer search groups organized this week. One of the groups stumbled upon something they deemed 'interesting,' and that led to rumors that evidence of Procell may have been found Friday, but the sheriff's office said the find was an alligator nest.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff's office has requested anyone that may have seen Barthelemy's white GMC Envoy on the day of the kidnapping to call them.
They say they have received a large number of tips.
The multiple agencies involved with the rescue will continue their efforts to locate Procell again over the weekend.
The sheriff's office has asked that public refrain from joining the search because they want their officers to be the first at a potential crime scene.
NBC 6 Reporter Josh Marcisz contributed to this report.