Colorado law enforcement agencies send condolences after body of drowned Houston officer found

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HOUSTON -- Exhausted and drenched in filthy floodwater, weary emergency workers and volunteers scrambled to save the latest wave of tropical storm Harvey's victims amid word that a veteran Houston police sergeant drowned on his way to work.

Sgt. Steve Perez's body was recovered early Tuesday, and Colorado police departments issued condolences to his family and co-workers.

Perez, 60, left for work in the dark about 4 a.m. Sunday and "spent about 2 1/2 hours driving around trying to get to his duty station," police chief Art Acevedo said.

The 34-year police veteran drove on an underpass.

On Monday, officials narrowed the location to one area. The Cajun Navy, a Louisiana-based rescue force that gained fame in Hurricane Katrina, helped look for Perez, Acevedo said, tearing up.

"Once our dive team got there, it was too treacherous to go under and look for him," Acevedo said. "So, we made a decision to leave officers there waiting until the morning because as much as we wanted to recover him last night, we could not put more officers at risk."

"For we knew in our hearts it was going to be a recovery mission."