The death of Brice Louge: submerged car, sonar, hidden relationship … what we know about the discovery of the body near Saint-Gaudens

the essential
Almost six months after the disappearance of the thirties, who had not given any sign of life after an argument linked to an infidelity and conflicting relationship, the body of Brice Louge was found in a canal in Comminges. La Dépêche goes back in detail to the first known elements.

The body of Brice Louge, a farm worker from the south of Haute-Garonne, was found on Tuesday evening, August 2, almost 6 months after his mysterious disappearance. La Dépêche returns to the circumstances surrounding this discovery, which represents a twist in a difficult investigation.

Also read:
Death of Brice Louge: The body of the agricultural worker was found in a canal near Saint-Gaudens

His car is in a canal

On Tuesday night, gendarmes found Brice’s vehicle, a grey-blue Clio Campus, which had been actively sought for several months. It was thanks to an ultra-sophisticated sonar, deployed on the site by the Strasbourg river brigade, that the vehicle was found in the Camon canal, near the dam of the same name, near Saint-Gaudens. Inside the vehicle, the body of the man was discovered and quickly identified as that of Brice Louge, 30, who lived in Labarthe-Rivière, 3 kilometers away.

Also read:
The disappearance of Brice Louge in the Haute-Garonne: his friends evoke a man “very discreet about his emotional life”

Research with ultra-sophisticated sonar

The sonar was used by the gendarmes of the river brigade in Strasbourg, who have ultra-sophisticated equipment that allows them to detect bodies or objects that are difficult to locate. The gravel pits in Valentine and other water points were investigated by the unit. “We had taken it upon ourselves to regroup the areas that had already been surveyed and quite quickly we were able to locate the vehicle thanks to the sonar”, states the squadron leader, François Zimmer, the commander of the company Saint-Gaudens. Two gendarmes and a pilot of the boat, in addition to five divers from nautical brigades in Marseillan and Grau du Roi, took part in the operation. Brice Louge’s car was finally located at a depth of 5 meters.

Camon Canal
MDD – Vincent Dulong

Camon Canal

Camon Canal
MDD – Vincent Dulong

Six months of investigation

Brice Louge had been missing since the evening of February 19. That evening, returning from a meal with his hunting friends, Brice goes to the home of his boss, Nadine, less than a kilometer from his house, where he lives with his parents, in Labarthe-Rivière. . There he is surprised in full confidence with this woman by the latter’s son, who was unaware of this adulterous and secret relationship. The son violently hits a wall. Denied, Brice then leaves the scene in a hurry and crashes, driving his car. Since tonight, worthy of a bad vaudeville, there is no more news of him. His cell phone switched off never made it possible to locate the missing person.

Also read:
INVESTIGATION. Brice Louge: the curious case of the missing Comminges

The circumstances of this disappearance then push the authorities to mobilize considerable research and investigative resources: beatings, polls, hearings and searches, the last of which dates back to last June.

A poster conveying the call for evidence to find Brice Louge, last June.

A poster conveying the call for evidence to find Brice Louge, last June.
DDM – DDM – NATHALIE SAINT-AFFRE

Preferred theories of accident or suicide

Finally, therefore, his body was discovered on Tuesday in his vehicle submerged in the Camon Canal. The Saint-Gaudens Research Brigade and the Toulouse Research Section are in charge of the investigation. An autopsy must be performed, in particular it could provide an opportunity to know if a third party could have intervened in Brice’s death. The investigation is currently focusing on the theses of an accident or suicide, while the roof of the farm worker’s car was found deformed by a large impact.

Also read:
Disturbing disappearance of Brice Louge in Comminges: “The hypothesis of voluntary disappearance does not hold”

Leave a Comment