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Body of Texas police chief found in Houston Ship Channel

June 9, 2019

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say they’ve recovered the body of a Texas police chief who fell out of a boat into Galveston Bay Friday.

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 Sunday morning, 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 (2.4 kilometers) north of the Texas City Dike just before 8 a.m.

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