TEXAS CITY, Tx. – A massive hunt to locate a Texas police chief who fell overboard while boating with his wife on Friday is over.
The body of Kemah Police Chief Chris Reed was found during the search Sunday morning. Authorities in Texas had combined their efforts to locate their missing brother with over a dozen local and federal agencies.
It was reported that over 40 vessels were looking for Chief Reed, including 15 U.S. Coast Guard boats.
The City of Kemah Facebook page confirmed that Reed’s body had been recovered on Sunday morning.
‘At 7:54 am a body matching the description of Chief Chris Reed was recovered from the water by a Galveston County Marine Unit boat crew near mile marker 32 on the west end of the Houston Ship Channel.’
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Chief Reed, as well the Kemah and law enforcement communities,” said Lt. Cmdr. Caren Damon, Coast Guard SAR Mission coordinator.
Reed was out with his wife on Galveston Bay on their fishing boat on Friday when the incident occurred, authorities noted in a statement. When a passing vessel threw up a large wake that slammed into the side of Reed’s boat, he was allegedly thrown into the water.
Our prayers are with (Reed’s wife) Jana and her family. Chris has and always will be a beacon and light for children. We are at a loss of words and hope that we find him.
The incident occurred near the Texas City dike. Reed was reportedly not wearing a life jacket when he was thrown overboard.
Reed’s wife was also onboard the vessel, but she was uninjured during the events.
Tom Munoz is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Texas City. He said on Sunday morning that about 40 vessels had been searching for the missing chief. An aircrew and a team of drones– along with 12 state, local and federal agencies — were also involved in the search effort, he noted.
“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. “We’re a tight-knit group. He’s one of ours.”
A reported noted that Reed’s wife, Jana, and their children Chase, Logan and Alexis, were extremely thankful for those who had been searching for him.
“Chris Reed is a friend to everyone, a husband, brother, a son, a mentor, a protector, chief and a coach. But within each of those roles, Chris is always a connector,” the family said in a statement.
Reed was not just a dedicated law enforcement official either, KPRC reported. He was also a retired Army paratrooper and additionally served on the Clear Creek Independent School District board.
“He connects people to create synergy and a greater good. The power of connection tonight, paired with faith, hope and love is what Chris would expect from this community if he were in this stadium tonight,” his family said.