WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities have identified the man whose body was found in the Grand River in Grandville.
The Walker Police Department said the Kent County Medical Examiner identified the man as 49-year-old Darryll LaJuane Heyward. His preliminary cause of death is accidental drowning.
The Walker Police Department said shortly before 8:30 p.m. Thursday that it received a report of a body found in the water near the Indian Mounds boat launch in Grandville.
The body matched the description of the man from the drowning report Tuesday. The body was taken to the Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Their name will be released after the family has been notified, according to WPD.
Late Tuesday morning, two people in a canoe reported seeing the man vanish into the water near the Johnson Park boat launch in Walker, north of Wilson Avenue. Crews responded in force and searched until nightfall without luck.
Crews said they had found items along the river that supported the canoeists’ report.
Police told News 8 Wednesday that they still had not taken a missing person report, which made them suspect the man may have been homeless.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Tiffany Elliott at 616.791.6220 or the Walker Police Tip Line at 616.791.6788.