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Galliano man’s death determined to be self-inflicted

Galliano man’s death determined to be self-inflicted

Sheriff’s Office investigators have determined the death of a Galliano man found in Bayou Lafourche to be self-inflicted. The body of 69-year-old Terry Angelle was discovered in the bayou on July 22. Detectives have discovered no signs of foul play through the investigation.

At around 2 p.m. on Sunday, a concerned citizen reported a body floating in the bayou in the area of West 188th Street in Galliano. A local firefighter had arrived on scene and pulled the body to the shore. Investigators identified the body as Terry Angelle and found his arms and legs bound by rope.

Detectives found each of Angelle’s arms was tied to his waist using slip knots which, detectives believe, Angelle tightened himself. Angelle’s bicycle, which was his only known mode of transportation, was found at a dock approximately 500 feet from where his body was discovered. A pair of scissors was also found on the ground near the bicycle, and detectives believe Angelle used the scissors to cut the rope.

Angelle had several items in his pockets including a cell phone, his wallet, and cash.

Through interviews with family and friends, detectives have found no potential motive for a murder. Detectives also learned he had previously been admitted to a hospital for treatment of depression, but Angelle either refused or did not respond to treatment.

An autopsy was conducted in Jefferson Parish on Monday, July 23. Detectives said preliminary autopsy reports revealed nothing contrary to the investigation. Final results, including a routine toxicology report, are pending.