MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities on Monday found the body of a 19-year-old from Ohio who went missing at Pere Marquette Beach the day prior.
Around 10:15 a.m., first responders recovered Michael Hooffstetter from Lake Michigan, the Muskegon Police Department said.
First responders arrived on scene after callers reported an unconscious swimmer at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon, the Muskegon Professional Firefighters Union said in a Facebook post around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Around 8:15 p.m., it said the search had “transitioned from rescue to recovery.”
The search was called off late Sunday evening and continued around 7 a.m. Monday.
MPD identified the swimmer as Hoofstetter. He was swimming at the beach with friends when he became overcome by waves and the current. Beachgoers tried to rescue him but were unable to because of the waves.
Other agencies, including the Coast Guard, assisted.
A beach hazards statement had been issued for Muskegon County and surrounding areas by the National Weather Service. A red flag had been posted at the beach.
Anyone with information is asked to call MPD at 231.724.6750 or Silent Observer at 231.722.7463.