A person walking the beach near Eilers Road in Muskegon County’s White River Township discovered the body of 53-year-old Cameron Stockwell. A friend who identified the body said Stockwell was not wearing a life jacket.
Someone on shore spotted Stockwell’s unmanned boat Monday afternoon making circles in the water for more than an hour.
Authorities said Stockwell left a Whitehall marina at about 1 p.m. Monday and headed north for Pentwater. There were strong to severe thunderstorms in the area at the time. Later that afternoon, a person in Pentwater called police to report Stockwell had not yet arrived.
The Coast Guard retrieved the man’s 26-foot SeaRay boat and towed it back to Whitehall. A water search began early Tuesday morning, but recovery efforts were slowed by poor visibility from fog.
An autopsy is scheduled for today in Lansing to determine if Stockwell's death was the result of drowning or a medical issue.
Stockwell was the CEO of Recovery Road in Grand Rapids, a nonprofit agency that assists people struggling with substance abuse.