Body of Texas Police Chief Chris Reed Who Fell Off Fishing Boat is Found Near Texas City Dike

Searchers on Sunday found the body of a Texas police chief who toppled from a fishing boat into Galveston Bay, setting off a frantic-two day search, the U.S. Coast Guard said. 

The body of Kemah Police Chief Chris Reed, who had been missing since Friday afternoon, was found at 7:54 a.m. Sunday about 1½ miles north of the Texas City Dike, according to the Coast Guard.

“It is with very heavy hearts that we share this news with you,” the Kemah Police Department wrote on its website. “Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Reed, who was not wearing a life jacket, fell overboard when his boat was hit by a large wake from a passing vessel, officials said Friday. After his wife, who was also aboard the fishing boat and was not injured, called 911, the Coast Guard and dozens of local, state and federal agencies launched a search involving helicopters, rescue ships and drones.

Reed, a retired army paratrooper, also served on the school board of Clear Creek Independent School District and formerly worked as a city manager, Houston TV station KPRC reported.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Elizabeth Lawrence