Nacogdoches police on Monday announced recovery of the item, described as about 4 feet in diameter and "full of mud." Police say the piece was found in an isolated part of Lake Nacogdoches.
Sgt. Greg Sowell says the lower water level has exposed a larger than normal area on the north side of the lake. Sowell says a large, round object became visible and it's very possible that the item was part of Columbia.
Police have notified NASA and provided photos. Any shuttle pieces are government property.