A body was found Tuesday in the search for an Oklahoma father who vanished in Texas while in town for his toddler’s liver transplant, according to reports.
Ridge Cole, 28, was last seen at a Ronald McDonald House in Houston, but a body was discovered in Brays Bayou on Tuesday, according to local reports.
“HPD Dive Team members are on the scene of a body observed in Brays Bayou in the 4500 block of Martin Luther King Blvd around 12:10 p.m.,” Houston police said in a tweet.
It has not been confirmed if the body is Cole’s, but a search and rescue organization, Texas EquuSearch, said clothes on the body were similar to what Cole was wearing before he disappeared, according to KTRK.
The father was in the area for his 1-year-old son’s transplant and was staying with his family at the Ronald McDonald House near Texas Medical Center, according to the television report.
Cole reportedly went out for a smoke, and when he didn’t return, his wife used a phone tracker to find out where he was, according to Mark Edwards of Texas EquuSearch, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.
The phone traced back to Brays Bayou where some of his belongings were found, Edwards reportedly said.
“There was a shoe found on the bank. Clearly leads us to believe he’s been in the water,” Edwards told KTRK.
Houston police were using drones to search through a section of the bayou before the unidentified body was found Tuesday, Edwards said, according to the Chronicle.