Body found in La Porte near search area for missing man


LA PORTE, Texas – Detectives say they found a body in a drainage culvert in La Porte near the search area for a missing man.

Investigators said the badly decomposed body was found under a railroad overpass at Fairmont Parkway and 16th Street. This is the same area where searchers had been looking for Thomas "Bud" Yates, who disappeared on Jan. 31.

La Porte police say the body of a white male was found inside a drainage culvert and it is believed it is Yates' body, although the identity has not been confirmed.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday in order to determine the cause of death and confirm the identity of the deceased person.

There were no signs of foul play, according to police.