BELDING, Mich. (WOOD) - Divers found the body of 10-year-old Devon Morrison in the Flat River on the second day after he went missing, according to Belding police.
Devon’s body was found near the Ashfield Street Bridge at 12:53 p.m. Monday, police said. That was the same area where he was last seen when he left to go fishing Saturday morning.
"It was one of his favorite fishing spots," Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson said during a news conference Monday.
Nelson was asked whether or not Devon’s death was being investigated as suspicious.
“At this time we still have to take care of some the final details. The medical examiner’s going to be involved and we’ll go from there,” Nelson answered. “Normal police procedure in this type of incident.”
The area where Devon’s body was found Monday was an area that had been searched during the initial stages of the investigation. But Nelson said every tip led them back to the river.
“We did everything we could do at the time with the conditions, with the available personnel, and as I said this morning, our goal was to go back and take another look at all those areas, and when we did that, that’s when we were able to find Devon,” Nelson said.
Nelson said the next step was for the police department to “tie up some loose ends,” and the medical examiner would work to determine the cause of death.
The news conference occurred after Nelson spoke to Devon’s family. He said they appreciated the support from the community as everyone worked to find Devon.
“It’s an unfortunate end to what has been a three-day affair for everyone, and I can only say on behalf of the family, to start, that they very much appreciate everything everyone has done,” Nelson said.
Nelson also talked about Devon on a personal level, saying he had gotten to know the boy before his death and that he was a “great kid.”
“We need to remember Devon for Devon, and whatever joy he brought to whomever he contacted was just a wonderful thing, “Nelson said. “I feel honored to be able to (have spent) some time with him, to interact with him and give back to him.”
Police said that as of Monday afternoon, there are no suspects in the case.
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