Crime

Two arrested in 19-year-old woman’s boating death

Darlene Deschamp is shown with her daughter, Vanessa Mauffray, who was killed in a boating collision June 25.
Darlene Deschamp is shown with her daughter, Vanessa Mauffray, who was killed in a boating collision June 25. Courtesy of Darlene Deschamp

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources arrested a man Monday on a charge of boating under the influence causing death in a crash that killed 19-year-old Vanessa Mauffray in June.

A second man was arrested on a charge related to the investigation.

Eugene Butler Jr. was arrested on a charge of BUI causing death at his home in Hancock County, said Marine Patrol Chief Keith Davis.

Butler, 44, is held with no bond at the Hancock County jail along with Steven Wade Shiyou, the jail docket shows. Both have Bay St. Louis addresses.

Shiyou was arrested on a charge of hindering prosecution or criminal apprehension. He also is held without bond.

An initial court appearance for each of them is set for Jan. 10, the docket says.

Mauffray was injured when a boat hit the one she and her boyfriend, Ryan Necaise, were in near Bordages Brothers’ Marina in Bayou Caddy on June 25. The couple had gone fishing for bait for crab traps in a 15-foot fiberglass boat.

Mauffray was taken to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, where she died.

Last week, Mauffray’s mother told the Sun Herald a family member had called DMR every week to check the status of the investigation.

Vanessa Mauffray's sister, Victoria McKinley, and mother, Darlene Deschamp, talk about their last moments Mauffray before she died from injuries sustained in a boat crash on Saturday.

Officials did not say if the BUI charge stemmed from alcohol or drugs. Davis’ most recent update on the case said he was waiting on the results of toxicology tests.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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