Missing man found dead near burned truck on beach; wife hospitalized

A Silver Alert issued earlier this week has ended in a tragic discovery on a Galveston County beach.

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – A Silver Alert issued earlier this week has ended in a tragic discovery on a Galveston County beach.

Earlier this week family members reported Claude Joseph Credeur, 86, missing along with his wife, Lena Breaux Credeur, 81. A Silver Alert was issued Tuesday out of Winnie.

But Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne tells KBMT that investigators found Claude’s body around 5 p.m. Wednesday about a mile east of High Island where Highways 87 and 124 intersect. Claude's burned-out pickup was nearby. 

Hawthorne says the death is being treated as suspicious.

A Galveston County deputy also found Lena near the truck. The deputy initially thought she was dead, but he said he heard a moan and saw movement. He immediately called EMS and rendered aid.

At last check Lena Credeur is in critical condition in a Galveston hospital.

(KBMT in Beaumont contributed to this report.)

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