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Tragic end to search for missing police officer

The body of Baytown police officer John Stewart Beasley, who had been missing since last Thursday, has been recovered less than a mile from his home. At a press conference yesterday morning, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reported the 23-year veteran peace officer died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. As we were preparing a report from the press conference, we learned Stewart Beasley of Chambers County had strong local connections. He spent the early part of his life in Liberty, and some family members still live here. Liberty Police Lt. Chip Fairchild said his department had been asked to assist Chambers County and the Baytown Police department in the search for him. However, when he was found late yesterday morning, his body was located on some farmland near his Plantation Subdivision home in the Cove area of Chambers County. It was back in April when James Stewart Beasley’s father, John Beasley, was found dead in his yard here in Liberty near the intersection of Edgewood and Kipling. That Mr. Beasley was also deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The family tragedy broadens when we further learned from Liberty police that approximately 10 years ago, officer Beasley’s sister died tragically, and that was also ruled a suicide.  Again, Stewart Beasley’s body has been located, and Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reports the former Liberty resident and longtime Baytown police officer died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. Chambers County Justice of the Peace Pct. 6 Larry Cryer is conducting the inquest and has ordered an autopsy. 

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