East Texas Game Wardens have recovered the body of a missing fisherman. Pete Phillips, 63, of Trinidad went missing Thursday afternoon on Lake Palestine. Officials say he left early that morning to practice for this weekend's Media Bass Tournament. Thursday, around 2:00 p.m., a fisherman spotted Phillips unoccupied boat near the Highway 155 bridge on the Smith and Henderson County line.
Officials say a fisherman spotted Phillips' body just before 10:00 a.m. this morning. Game Wardens recovered Phillips' body just South of Flat Creek Marina in Henderson County.
"We're pretty fortunate to have found Mr. Phillips this quick," said Smith County Game Warden Chris Green. "The conditions were favorable. The winds were not too bad. It started up now, but we were able to get him pretty quick and get some closure for the family."
"It's probably the hardest thing anybody would have to go through, to wait on something like this, but I'm just thankful of these guys, the game wardens and all the volunteer people," said Linda Pillans, Phillips' daughter.
Officials say Phillips' body has been sent for an autopsy to find the exact cause of death. Phillips' family says he did have some minor heart problems, which could have caused him to fall out of his boat.