UPDATE: Authorities find body during search for missing teen in Galveston

Authorities searching for missing 16-year-old in Galveston
Authorities searching for missing 16-year-old in Galveston (KPRC)

GALVESTON, Texas – Authorities said a body found in Galveston is believed to be that of a 16-year-old reported missing Saturday night.

During a search for a missing 16-year-old, authorities on Sunday found a body in the surf near lifeguard tower 47 on Galveston Island. According to Galveston Island Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis, the body found matches the description of the teen that went missing.

The 16-year-old went missing Saturday night around 9:30 p.m.

A family friend said the teen had been swimming with friends near the 4400 block of Seawall Blvd. As the group made their way back to their vehicle, they could not locate the 16-year-old.

A search for the teen was initiated. The Galveston Police Department, Galveston Fire Department, Galveston Island Beach Patrol Galveston County EMS and the U.S. Coast Guard were among the agencies involved in the search for the missing teen. Authorities searched the beach and nearby businesses.

The search was called off overnight but resumed Sunday morning.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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