HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The body of a Texas police chief who fell out of a boat into Galveston Bay was recovered Sunday, authorities say.
The U.S. Coast Guard says a search crew pulled Kemah Police Chief Chris Reed’s body from the water of the Houston Ship Channel, ending a 40-hour search.
The 50-year-old police chief had been missing since 4 p.m. Friday, when authorities say he was thrown overboard without a life jacket when a wave from a large passing vessel struck his boat.
The Coast Guard says more than a dozen local, state and federal agencies scoured more than 650 square miles before a Galveston County boat crew found Reed’s body about 1½ miles north of the Texas City Dike just before 8 a.m.
“He’s just a really good cop,” Texas City police chief Joe Stanton said. “He’s been in this county a long time, worked for several different agencies. I know he was a big part of Kemah and everything they were accomplishing and doing over there. He’s just a big part of this Galveston County community as far as law enforcement.”
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