Investigation underway into body found in Sims Bayou, police say

HOUSTON – Homicide detectives are investigating Wednesday night after a group discovered a body floating in a bayou in southeast Houston. It's too early in the investigation to know how the man died, but Houston police said they are not connecting it to the flood. 

Three people on horseback noticed a man's body floating in the Sims Bayou near the 8500 block of Howard  just after 7 p.m.  They rode to a nearby fire station and alerted firefighters who called the police. 

"We're not able to link it to the flood yet but there has been a missing persons report since Saturday before the flood. It may be related to that but we're still in the beginning stages of the investigation and need to look into that," said Sgt. James Rhodes with the Houston Police Department. 

Investigators described the victim as a Hispanic man in his early 40s. Police said he was wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.

Equusearch had been out earlier in the day looking for a man who was reported missing on Sunday. 

That man's family is certain the body belongs to him even though he hasn't been positively identified. 

Equusearch told KPRC the man they had been looking for walked home from a bar at 2 a.m. on Sunday and hadn't been seem since. 

The case remains under investigation.

Acause of death and identification will be made at the medical examiner's office. 

We are working to gather more details.