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Body of former Chicago Cubs pitcher recovered from Trinity River
Polk County Enterprise - July 2009
LIVINGSTON – Searchers recovered the body of 39-year-old Jesse Edward Hollins of Willis at about 4 p.m. Friday.
Hollins, a former Major League Baseball player, apparently drowned while fishing below Lake Livingston Dam Thursday afternoon. Hollins is a native of Conroe.
Texas Game Wardens responded to a call of a possible drowning Thursday at approximately 3 p.m. They were joined by members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Texas EquuSearch, the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Dive Team, the Trinity River Authority and the Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department.
The Trinity River Authority temporarily suspended discharges from Lake Livingston for most of the day Friday to aid searchers, who used side-scan sonar and divers to search an area of the Trinity River that is several hundred yards wide and between 6 and 12 feet deep.
“This is a very popular fishing area, and there is a lot of debris in the water,” said Texas Game Warden Capt. Shawn Phillips. “It would be pretty easy to get tangled-up in something down there,” Phillips said.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department used three boats with side-scan sonar during the search. Hollins’ body was found very near the area where he was reported to have entered the river Thursday.
Hollins was fishing on the Polk County bank of the river near Southland Park when he disappeared. The park was closed to the public during the 25-hour search effort.
An autopsy was ordered to confirm the cause of death. It was be performed Saturday at the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office set up its mobile command post at the site to help coordinate search efforts.
“We had a lot of help out here and everyone worked together really well,” Phillips said.
“I’m glad we were finally able to make a recovery and that Mr. Hollins’ family can have some closure,” Phillips said.
Hollins was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1988 and was assigned to the organization’s minor league teams until 1992 when he appeared in four games as a relief pitcher.