Texas Police Chief's Body Found After 2-Day Search

Chris Reed apparently fell out of a boat while fishing
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2019 2:04 PM CDT
Texas Police Chief's Body Found After 2-Day Search
Chris Reed.   (Kemah Police Dept.)

All he did was go fishing with his wife—but Chris Reed, a Texas police chief, fell out of the boat and never recovered. His body was found Sunday after a two-day search in Galveston Bay that involved about 40 vessels and over a dozen federal, state, and local agencies, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Our thoughts are with Chief Reed, his family, friends & colleagues," tweeted Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. "We lift him and all in prayer." According to police dispatch, Reed was knocked out of the boat by the wake of a passing vessel and didn't have his life jacket on.

Reed was an Army veteran who in 2016 became police chief in the city of Kemmah, a city of about 1,800 not far from Houston, per CNN. He also sat on the Clear Creek Independent School District Board. "Number one, he's just a great cop, just to start off with. He's been in this county a long time, working for several different agencies," said Texas City Police Chief Joe Stanton before the recovery was made. "We're a tight-knit group. He's one of ours. And, we're out there and we're gonna find him." They found him about a mile and a half north of the Texas City Dike. His wife wasn't injured in the incident. (Read more boat accident stories.)

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