CROSBY, Texas (KTRK) -- Authorities found a man's body after he reportedly crashed an ATV into the water near an off-road park in Crosby on Monday, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the man crashed an ATV into a deep body of water near 1927 Gulf Pump Road at about 3 p.m.
Dive teams were sent to search for the man after he hadn't resurfaced. In an update at about 6:30 p.m., Gonzalez said crews recovered the man's body.
Lionel Palomares was at Xtreme Off-Road Park with his family on Monday and noticed the ATV in the water. He told Eyewitness News he remembered hearing the man's mother crying as he jumped in the water to try to find him.
Palomares said the water was too deep and murky.
"(It's) heartbreaking, especially in a place like this. You come to have fun and expect to go home, and sometimes it doesn't happen," he said. "We tried, but it's sad he couldn't make it out alive."
Despite attempts from witnesses and family members, it took a dive team with the Harris County Sheriff's Office and special equipment to recover the man's body.
"He was relatively close. That was the good thing. The witnesses, his family, and everybody else was able to direct us to the last place he was seen. Thats pretty much where we found him," Sgt. Chris Adolph said.
Investigators said they're still not sure what caused the rider to crash into the water, but alcohol was not a factor. The case is being investigated as an accidental drowning.