On Sunday May 28, at approximately 8 a.m., the Tyler County Sheriffs' Office received a call regarding an overdue boater on the Neches River, just north of the bridge on Recreational Road 255. This area is also known as "Fox's Bend", and is located in the northeast part of Tyler County just off County Road 3900.
Texas Game Wardens, Federal Park Service Rangers and Tyler County Deputies responded to the area. It was reported to authorities that George "Cliff " Neyland III, age 36 of Colmesneil, had got into a small boat the previous morning alone on the Neches River and had not been heard from since. Authorities patrolled and searched the Neches River with sonar imaging but were unable to located Neyland or his boat.
Authorities continued to search the river and surrounding area on Monday and Tuesday with no sign of Neyland . On Wednesday, May 31 at approximately 11:15 a.m., the Tyler County Sheriffs' Office received a call from an individual checking on his camp, who discovered a body floating in the Neches River. Deputies and investigators as well as Texas Game Wardens were able to positively identify the body to be that of George "Cliff " Neyland III. Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford has ordered an autopsy that will be performed later this week at the Southeast Texas Forensic Center, located in Beaumont.