Man found drowned in flooded Ascension parking lot

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies identified late Wednesday a man found dead underneath his truck earlier that afternoon in his employer’s flooded parking lot as Danny Deville, 56, of Melville.

Sheriff’s investigators think Deville might have slipped and fallen into swiftly moving water that swept him under the vehicle, Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies said.

Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said deputies are continuing to investigate but believe the death was accidental.

“Water was flowing swiftly across the parking lot, and the water was probably 12 to 18 inches deep,” Bacala said in a news release.

“There is a strong likelihood the deceased man slipped, fell, and was swept under the vehicle, but it is too early in the investigation to make a definitive conclusion.”

Deville’s employers, who have a business on Babin Road in the Duplessis area of Ascension north of Gonzales, had decided to let their employees to go home at about 11 a.m. because of rising flood water, Bacala said.

Nearly six hours later Wednesday, at 4:50 p.m., a supervisor found Deville under the pickup after the supervisor noticed the Deville’s vehicle had not been driven from the parking lot.

Once Deville was found, the supervisor quickly pulled him from under the truck and called the Sheriff’s Office when he did not respond, Bacala said.