Body of missing cattle herder found

November 7, 2009 8:24:41 AM PST
The search for a man who disappeared near the rain-swollen Trinity River earlier this month came to a tragic end Saturday. The body of Gene Roberts, 45, was located by Dayton police along FM 1008, not far from where his horse was found.

Roberts had last been seen Sunday afternoon on horseback, helping two other men herd cattle away from the rising waters of the Trinity River. His family says he took off after a stray cow and never came back.

"A few hours later, they found the horse, but not my dad and when they found the horse, he was under water except for his head," said the missing man's daughter, Amy August, earlier this week during the search.

Family members say Roberts was a cowboy who spent every spare minute with his horses and knew this land well.

Equusearch helped with the search for Roberts and the Dayton Police Department enlisted help from the FBI, as well.

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