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Port Lavaca man found dead in Chocolate Bay

April 19, 2017 at 11:06 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2017 at midnight

A screenshot from Google Maps of Chocolate Bay.

A screenshot from Google Maps of Chocolate Bay.

A 58-year-old Port Lavaca man was found dead Tuesday morning in Chocolate Bay, the Calhoun County sheriff said Wednesday.

The man disappeared about 6 p.m. Monday after he took a canoe he bought out on the bay by himself, Sheriff Bobbie Vickery said.

The man's name was not released Tuesday morning pending notification of next of kin, the sheriff said.

A motorist driving toward Magnolia Beach crossed a nearby bridge, happened to look down and saw the canoe overturned and the man in distress.

He called 911 and turned around to try to assist the man. By the time he made it to the bay, the man had disappeared, Vickery said.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Port Lavaca Fire Department assisted the sheriff's office in a search for the man. They searched until 10 p.m. Monday.

"We had a diver in the water, but we could never find anything," Vickery said. "It got to the point where we had to get out of the water."

They continued the search about 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Using sonar and other searching technology, they found the body close to where the canoe was found about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The cause of death is undetermined, but Vickery said the man's medical conditions could have played a factor. He had diabetes.

An autopsy was ordered and will be performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.


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