Families demand answers after the bodies of 3 men were found in Houston waterways

HOUSTON – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, along with the family of 26-year-old Delano Burkes say that there may be more information about his death.

Hours after the news conference, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner released a statement saying, in part, that the department’s detectives have worked countless hours on the case.

What happened?

Burkes was last seen leaving a bar in the 1200 block of 20th Street, on Nov. 13, according to police. He was wearing blue pants and a black and gray button-up shirt.

Texas Equusearch founder Tim Miller confirmed to KPRC 2 on Nov. 28 that a man’s body found floating at the Houston Ship Channel is believed to be of missing 26-year-old Delano Burkes.

Houston police said tugboat employees found the man floating in a body of water and reported it to authorities at around 10:30 a.m. on Friday. HPD’s dive team arrived and retrieved the body.

An autopsy is being performed by the Harris County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Unit at 713-308-3600.

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A graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown, Ana moved to H-Town from sunny southern California in 2015. In 2020, she joined the KPRC 2 digital team as an intern. Ana is a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, a catmom of 2, and an aquarium enthusiast. In her spare time, she's an avid video gamer and loves to travel.