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Former Eagle editor found dead in Fort Bend County

A body found in Fort Bend County this week has been identified as that of a former editor at The Eagle.

Jim Simmon was reported missing from the Montrose neighborhood in Houston on Aug. 30 after the worst of Hurricane Harvey had passed.

Simmon, who suffered from early onset Alzheimer's disease, was found Tuesday in a sand pit off Madden Road, about 19 miles from the coffee shop near his home where he was last seen. He had called his son Aug. 30 and said he was at an aquatic center in Fort Bend County, about a mile away from the sand pit. Simmon was on foot when he went missing.

A man leasing property on Madden Road found Simmon's body under a tree and alerted authorities, the Houston Press reported.

The property had been under water until the past few days, but it is not clear if Simmon's death was related to flooding. Roughly 70 deaths related to the storm have been reported.

Simmon was the city editor for The Eagle from 2010 to 2015. He also served as the Houston Chronicle's political editor in the early 1990s before becoming editor of the Houston Press.

An autopsy is scheduled today in Galveston.

According to the Houston Press, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office does not suspect foul play in Simmon's death but could not speculate on a cause.