Man’s body found in Paw Paw River

Southwest Michigan
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WATERVLIET TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities discovered a body in the Paw Paw River near Watervliet Tuesday.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office says Undersheriff Chuck Heit and Lt. Martin Kurtz were out looking for a kayaker who went missing on the river in February when Kurtz spotted the body around 2:20 p.m.

Divers recovered the remains shortly after 4:45 p.m.

The body was taken to a St. Joseph Hospital. It has not yet been identified, but authorities say it is that of a white man. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday at Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo.

Cory Wright, 35, of Niles, was on the river in Watervliet Township Feb. 27 when his kayak hit a log. The person he was kayaking with made it to shore, but Wright went missing.

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