Body found in Ottawa County; case deemed ‘suspicious’

Grand Rapids

TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are launching a homicide investigation after a man’s body was found in Ottawa County.

The body was found around 10 a.m. Wednesday in the area of the Grand River Open Space park on Linden Drive in Tallmadge Township, which is just a few miles outside of Grand Rapids.

A photo of the area in Tallmadge Township where a man's body was found on Dec. 4, 2019.
A photo of the area in Tallmadge Township where a man’s body was found on Dec. 4, 2019.

Detectives from Grand Rapids Police Department were following up on a lead on a missing person, which led to them to find the body, according to a news release from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say the circumstances of the death do appear to be suspicious.

A photo of the area in Tallmadge Township where a man's body was found on Dec. 4, 2019.
A photo of the area in Tallmadge Township where a man’s body was found on Dec. 4, 2019.

Authorities on the scene told News 8 they believe the body was there for at least a few hours before being discovered. They believe the man didn’t die in the park, but his body was moved there afterward.

GRPD is working on confirming the identity of the man, and an autopsy will be performed at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids.

OCSO and GRPD are working together on the investigation. 

GRPD declined to give more information Wednesday. The department says it will provide more details Thursday.

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