Body of ex-MLB pitcher, Willis resident recovered

POLK COUNTY- The search for a former Chicago Cubs pitcher in the murky waters of the Trinity River came to a tragic, but expected conclusion around 4 p.m. on Friday when crews recovered the body of 39-year-old Jessie Edward Hollins.

The Willis resident and Conroe native was fishing with another man and two boys on Thursday afternoon, on the Trinity River below the Lake Livingston Dam in Polk County near the San Jacinto County line and the town of Camilla.

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The Willis resident and Conroe native was fishing with another man and two boys on Thursday afternoon, on the Trinity River below the Lake Livingston Dam in Polk County near the San Jacinto County line and the town of Camilla.

One of the youngster’s lines became tangled. Hollins was trying to free the line when he fell in a hole and went under the water and was apparently pulled away by a strong current and drowned.

Local searchers began scouring the area soon after the incident was reported and they were joined later in the evening by Texas Equusearch. Early Friday morning, the Montgomery County Pct. 1 Dive Team joined in the search as well. The Trinity River Authority temporarily ceased discharge from the dam to make the waters less turbulent for searchers.

Hollins’ body was found just over 24 hours after he disappeared into the water.

On May 31, a 19-year-old man drowned in the Trinity River while swimming with friends in nearby Liberty County.

The 715 mile river has claimed countless lives through the years. It is the largest river basin that begins and ends in Texas, according to the Trinity River Corridor Project.

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