Neches River

Body found is Chris Reich, authorities said.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has identified the body discovered by the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday, Feb. 3, as 35-year-old Chris Reich, who was last seen on Jan. 17, 2014. The reported cause of death, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office press release, is drowning.

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DSHS fish consumption advisory chart

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a fish consumption advisory for portions of the Neches River Basin, including Sam Rayburn Reservoir and B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir.

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The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a fish consumption advisory for portions of the Neches River Basin, including Sam Rayburn Reservoir and B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir.

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As of 2:40 p.m. on Jan. 24, Neches River bridge traffic was at a standstill.

UPDATE (7:31 p.m. Jan. 24, 2014): The Beaumont Police Department issued the following update on Beaumont Traffic operations. All highways in Beaumont had reopened, including Interstate 10, the Eastex Freeway, Cardinal Drive, and MLK Parkway. The Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River was open, as well. 

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The man whose body was discovered on the Orange County side of the Neches River on May 5 has been identified as Desmond Gerard O’Hara of Beaumont, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. O’Hara, 35-year-old black male, was reported missing by his family to Beaumont Police Department on Feb. 16, 2013.

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UPDATE: The body that was located in the Neches River on May 16, 2013, has been positively identified as Jose

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Orange and Jefferson county sheriff’s offices are conducting a death investigation after a body was discovered in the Neches River near the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge this past weekend.

According to the report from the OCSO, the body was found Sunday, May 5 behind Gerdau Steel Mill near the Port of Beaumont. Orange County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Judge Derry Dunn ordered an autopsy.

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Orange and Jefferson county sheriff's offices are conducting a death investigation after a body was discovered in the Neches River near the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River over the weekend.

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