MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a teenager drowned in Lake Michigan near Muskegon Thursday night.
The Muskegon Department of Public Safety said authorities were first called shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday to the beach at Pere Marquette Park for a report of a swimmer struggling in a rip current.
Authorities, including a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, searched the lake for several. Muskegon Director of Public Safety Jeffrey Lewis confirmed to News 8 that the teen’s body was found around 1:30 a.m. Friday.
The victim was identified as 18-year-old Taleah Lowe, of South Haven, according to police.
She was a freshman at Grand Valley State University. In a message to the campus community, GVSU President Philomena Mantella mourned Lowe’s death and said counseling would be available to anyone who needed it.
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with family and friends now and in the weeks to come,” Mantella wrote.
The medical examiner’s office has ordered an autopsy to be performed, police said.