Body pulled from river

(UPDATED: Wednesday at 4:45 p.m.) Numerous people strolling the boardwalk watched police pull a body from the north side of the Grand River channel this morning.
Becky Vargo
Jul 9, 2014


Police said it was a body of a white male.

"I knew there was something bad going on when I saw them put the police tape out," one man said shortly after 9 a.m.

"A dredging crew located the body and made the report" just before 9 a.m., said Director Jeff Hawke, Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

"They (King Co., INC of Holland) were actually moving their dredge out of the way so the freighter could get up the channel," said Tom O'Brien, area engineer for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Grand Haven. "That's when the saw the body."

O'Brien said the crew noted the white male was dressed only in swim shorts.

Hawke confirmed the body was floating when it was discovered.

During recovery, it appeared to be wearing sky blue swim trunks.

Officers from the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, Ottawa County Sheriff's Department Marine Patrol and the United States Coast Guard cooperated in removing the body from the scene east of Grand Haven's Musical Fountain shortly after 10 Wednesday morning.

Two GHDPS officers donned wetsuits before entering the water to retrieve the body and place it on a backboard.

The body was taken by a sheriff's marine patrol boat to Coast Guard Station Grand Haven.

Hawke said they are working to determine the man's identity and to determine the circumstances of his death. His identity was still unknown as of late Wednesday afternoon.

He said they did not have a determination of how long the body was in the river. An autopsy is planned for Thursday.

Read the police statement by clicking on the PDF below and stay tuned to for updates on this story.



My Thanks to the GHDPS team for performing what I'm sure was a disturbing task, while treating the deceased in a dignified manner.


I thought GH City had a boat and dive team???

Cheryl Welch

It is owned by the dredging company.



Geez I was there this am watching the freighter come in and watching the Sheriff and the Coast Guard in the area,no idea this was happening,so sorry.


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