Body of missing canoeist found on Miss. River bank

Man discovered on banks of Mississippi

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Wednesday afternoon found the body of a Port Allen man missing since Friday night.

The body of Kevin “Rooster” Guy, 46, was washed up against the eastern shore of the Mississippi River near the border between Iberville and East Baton Rouge parishes, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

Deputies did not find evidence of foul play, but are waiting for the Coroner’s Office to provide an official ruling on cause of death, Hicks said.

Guy was last seen Friday after leaving a concert in Baton Rouge to canoe home to Port Allen. Before the concert, sheriff’s deputies spotted Guy paddling his canoe near the Mississippi River bridge, Hicks said. They advised him that canoeing in the river isn’t safe and advised him to go back to shore, which he did, she said.

“This is a huge loss for us,” local musician and entrepreneur Henry Turner Jr. said Wednesday.

Guy had toured with Turner’s band as a roadie since 1995. “We’ll never be able to replace him as a roadie, and we’ll never have anybody as loving and as kind.”

A vocal arranger for Turner’s band, Jenessa Nelson, filed a missing persons report with the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies on Monday morning when Guy did not show up for work, Turner said.

Guy’s family on Wednesday declined to comment.

Turner says he plans to organize a celebration night remembering Guy sometime this month at Turner’s lounge, The Henry Turner Jr. Listening Room, 2733 North St., Baton Rouge.

“He lived and died on the river,” Turner said. “He called himself a river rat. … He loved the river. That was his life.”