A body was found in West Bay off Galveston, the same area crews have been searching all day for a missing fisherman. His boat was found adrift, with only his dog on-board, on Wednesday.
After nearly 24 hours of searching by air and by boat for a boater who went missing, search crews finally made a discovery.
"The Coast Guard helicopter spotted it and the Galveston PD Marine Dive team along with Galveston Beach Patrol recovered the body," said Galveston Police Lt. Larry Chambers.
Although the body hasn't been positively identified, police say they strongly suspect it is that of 50-year-old Lee Havemann of Houston.
"It was about half a mile northwest of Isla del Sol. One of the neighborhoods on the West End of the island," Lt. Chambers said.
Not far from where the search began Wednesday afternoon after the Coast Guard says a good Samaritan spotted a 17-foot boat floating in water and brought it to a dock. Inside that boat was the coast guard says were Havemann's belongings and a yellow lab, who was later taken to the Galveston Island Humane Society. The dog was clearly missing his owner.
"It can be quite depressing if he's wondering where he is. Obviously, the guy cared a lot for the dog to bring it out with him on a boat," said Cat Cessac, Galveston Island Humane Society Office Manager.
The crews searched Thursday. Havemann's truck was still parked by the water. Inside the bed was some dog food.
"Experienced fisherman, boater. Something went wrong, said Danny Gonzales, a friend neighbor of Havemann.
Gonzales told Local 2 that Havemann invited him on the fishing trip Wednesday.
"He had his boat and stuff and he said, 'are you ready to go?' I said no, I have some things had to do here," said Gonzales.
Gonzales tried to understand what could have happened to his friend. He said, "Something went wrong. Because he knew what he was doing."
We're told the dog was supposed to be picked up by Havemann's daughter, but that was before they got word that a body had been recovered.
The medical examiner has not yet positively identified the body.