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DNA identifies missing Bay city fisherman

By Elena Watts
Jan. 10, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 9, 2014 at 7:10 p.m.


The human remains found in San Antonio Bay in August were positively identified through DNA testing as belonging to a fisherman who disappeared in late August.

The remains were of Joe Ames, 62, of Bay City, said Calhoun County Sheriff George Aleman.

"We sent the remains to a lab, and it took about four months," Aleman said. "We received the results Dec. 20."

Joe Ames and his wife, Margie Ames, owned a second home in Seadrift, where he stayed four to six days per week to fish.

The couple had a routine when he was away. He called every night at 9 p.m. to give his wife the fishing report.

On Aug. 27, Joe Ames told his wife he planned to fish near the wildlife refuge the next day.

That was the last time she talked to him.

She traveled with her son from Bay City to Seadrift on Aug. 30 because she was worried.

They found his truck and trailer parked at the harbor and reported his disappearance to authorities.

The cause of death was impossible to determine from the remains, the sheriff said.

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