Authorities ID woman who drowned on Gun Lake

Barry County
Yankee Springs Recreation Area

YANKEE SPRINGS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are identifying a woman who drowned in Gun Lake Thursday.

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office says 66-year-old Laura Smith of Middleville was on a pontoon boat near Murphy’s Point in Yankee Springs Recreation Area when she disappeared.

Hastings firefighters and the Barry County Sheriff’s Office dive team were called to the scene around 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

Volunteers, first responders and officers searched the area. Smith’s body was found floating in the water near Hastings Point. She died at the scene.

It’s unclear how Smith ended up in the water.

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