UPDATE: The identity of the man found in Lake Charles on Monday afternoon has been released.

The body of Zealon Dray Solomon, 34, of Breaux Bridge, was found floating near the Civic Center sea wall around 3:43 pm Monday. According to Lake Charles Police Department spokesman Capt. Kevin Kirkum, the death is being investigated as a drowning.


 

A body was found floating in the waters near the Civic Center in Lake Charles on Monday afternoon. Authorities are working to identify the body, but do not suspect foul play at this time.

A couple was feeding ducks by the lake when they noticed something floating nearby.

"I was in disbelief, honestly," witness Kamrin Thibodeaux told KPLC News. "I was hoping it was just a floating shirt."

Thibodeaux said she felt like she was in a movie and in disbelief at what she was seeing.

"I was not expecting any of this to happen, on a Monday afternoon, nonetheless," Thibodeaux said.

The couple simply thought someone was swimming in the water until they took a closer look.

"We went to go find a police officer because there was a police officer that just rides around the park, but we couldn't find him," Thibodeaux said. "That's when we called the cops."

Once on the scene, authorities performed CPR.

Captain Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department said the cause of death is undetermined at this time and the body has been taken for further examination.

"At this particular time, we are just investigating a deceased person," Captain Kirkum said. "We don't know if it's accidental, on purpose or anything like that. We still have not made notifications because we are still trying to find next of kin."

Kirkum says the investigation is still in its early stages. Further examinations will have to be made but he doesn't suspect this to have been a crime.

"We will start checking to see if we do have any missing persons or to see exactly where he is from."

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