Body of Wells Man Found

by Josie Fox


The Cherokee County Sheriff's office was notified today around 11 :30 that a body was found on the Neches river. The Parks and Wildlife removed the body around 2:30 p.m. The body was identified as the missing person, Danny Carter, 49 years of age from Wells, Tx. Mr. Carter went missing on January 12, 2020.

The body has been sent to Southwest Forensic in Dallas, Tx for an autopsy.

Judge Tony Johnson did the inquest.

This case is still under investigation. It appears to be a drowning.

Danny Wayne Carter, 49, of Wells was reported missing on Monday, Jan. 13, following a hog hunting trip along the Neches River. Carter, who runs Danny Carter Insurance in Wells, dressed in camouflage was last seen by family members on Sunday, Jan. 12 in Cherokee County, crossing the Neches River in a boat.

A search has been underway since Monday, Jan. 13 that has included officers from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, officials from Texas Parks and Wildlife and a host of volunteers.

Crews searched both sides of the Neches River throughout last week on foot and on horseback, Texas Parks and Wildlife has used sonar to sweep the river and Texas Department of Public Safety has searched using a helicopter. Cadaver dogs from both the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Texas Parks and Wildlife have been brought in as well.

The public is asked to contact either the Houston County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 544-2862 or the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 683-2271 if Carter is sighted.