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3 Texas men who went missing while duck hunting were found dead


Authorities have recovered the bodies of three men who went missing during a duck hunting trip near Texas’ Carancahua Bay on Friday. 

The bodies of Starett Burke of Wallisville, Texas; Spencer Hall of Mont Belvieu, Texas; and Chris Ruckman from Dayton, Texas were recovered Saturday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard

Officials announced Sunday that they do not suspect foul play. 

The men reportedly launched their 17-foot, green, flat-bottomed boat on the east side of Carancahua Bay Friday around 4 a.m. 

Ruckman's girlfriend contacted the U.S. Coast Guard Friday evening after they didn't return by 10 or 11 a.m. as planned.

The Coast Guard and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department launched a search for the men early Saturday morning. 

The Coast Gaurd found the first body just after 11 a.m. Saturday. The second body was recovered shortly after that and the third was recovered around 4 p.m., officials told CNN affiliate KPRC

Officials said the men's 17-foot aluminum boat was also recovered. 

It is still unclear what led to their deaths. 

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