BREAKING NEWS: Investigation underway following discovery of human remains in Ringgold

By Paige Nash

The Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office (BPSO) is currently conducting an investigation following the discovery of human remains in Ringgold yesterday evening, October 27, around 8:30 p.m. 

According to Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance, the BPSO was summoned by request of the Ringgold Police Department to Pine Street last night. 

Human remains along with assorted clothing and other items were found in a wooded area at the end of the street. The Bienville Parish corner collected the remains and has submitted them to a forensic pathologist to determine a positive identification and cause of death. 

A 40-year-old Ringgold resident by the name of Donavan Damon Brooks has been missing since late September and was officially reported missing by his family on October 19. Local authorities investigating this missing person’s case have not said whether or not Brooks could be connected to this new case. 

During a separate investigation into the missing person, the family reported that he was last seen going into the neighborhood on Pine Street around October 9. In a news release, Ringold Police Department (RPD) Chief Freddie Peterson said Brooks had allegedly been bitten by dogs that reside at a home along the street, but that information has yet to be confirmed. 

On September 27, 30-year-old Davytav Gray also of Ringgold, was allegedly viciously attacked by about 10 dogs that reside on Pine Street. The attack resulted in serious injury with approximately 130 bites all over his body. He was transported to LSU in Shreveport and underwent multiple surgeries. Gray is still recovering. As of October 6, RPD Chief Peterson confirmed that the owner of the dogs had been summoned to court and the dogs were placed under a 10-day quarantine at the residence until the Health Department decided next steps. 

Missing person Donovan Brooks is approximately 150 pounds, 5’7″ and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jean shorts and white tennis shoes. For anyone who has any other information pertaining to either case, you are encouraged to call the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-263-2302. 

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