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Officials believe body found on Galveston shore is East Texas man

By Robyn Claridy
May 3, 2011 at 5:51 a.m.

Galveston Beach Patrol officials believe the body of a man found Monday washed up on shore is a DeBerry teen who was reported missing from the beach on Saturday.

Galveston Beach Patrol Lt. Mike Reardon said 18-year-old John Hight was reported missing at about 3 p.m. Saturday after a lifeguard rescued a group of swimmers, including Hight's pregnant girlfriend, near the Seventeenth Street beach front area in Galveston.

"A man who matches Hight's description was found Monday around noon," Reardon said. "I can't say with 100-percent certainty that it is him, but I feel fairly confident."

Reardon said it was a red flag warning day which meant the water was really rough and there were strong currents.

Coast Guard officials worked until dusk Saturday searching the water for Hight and spent Sunday patrolling the beach front area to see if any bodies washed up on shore.

The body was sent to the Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office to confirm the identity of the victim.

Reardon said they have contacted Hight's family, as well.

Hight could be the first swimmer to drown in Galveston this year, officials said.



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