Body of suspect pulled from Van Buren Co. lake

Southwest Michigan
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Authorities recovered the body of a suspect from a lake in Van Buren County Thursday.

Sheriff Dan Abbott told 24 Hour News 8 it took crews 30 minutes to find the body in Muskrat Lake in Bloomingdale Township. The search comes after the man, who has not yet been identified, went missing on the lake in southern Van Buren County Wednesday night.

The sheriff’s office says deputies were called around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday for reports of someone who was peeping into windows and trying to break into a vehicle and garage at a subdivision near Muskrat Lake.

Deputies followed footprints in the snow then spotted a person dressed all in black carrying a shovel. When deputies tried to make contact, the person ran away.

A short time later, authorities received a second call of an unknown person in the yard of a home in the area. When deputies got to the scene, they found a man yelling for help from a sinking canoe about 100 yards offshore.

Deputies said they tried to rescue the man with ropes, but it was unsuccessful. Deputies were able to get a rowboat onto the lake. By the time deputies got to him, the man went under the water.

A dive team was called Wednesday night, but the hours-long search was unsuccessful. The search was suspended due to snow and freezing water temperatures, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at 269.657.3101 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

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