Body Recovery in Paw Paw River

DATE & TIME OF INCIDENT: 04-10-2018 @ 2:20 PM
 
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Body Recovery
 
LOCATION OF INCIDENT: Paw Paw River
 
AGENCIES INVOLVED: Berrien County Sheriff’s Office
Berrien County Sheriff’s Marine Unit
Berrien County Sheriff’s Dive Team
Watervliet Fire Department
Pride Care Ambulance
 
On Tuesday April 10, 2018 Lieutenant Martin Kurtz and Undersheriff Chuck Heit were patrolling the Paw Paw River in efforts to locate the missing kayaker who was reported missing on February 27, 2018. While patrolling the river Lieutenant Kurtz observed a suspicious object under the water and upon further investigation it was believed to be a human body. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was activated and contact was made with Watervliet Fire Chief Dan Jones for assistance as well. Divers from the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team located and recovered the body of a white male at 4:47 PM. The body was transported by Pride Care Ambulance to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph.
 
The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office and the Watervliet Fire Department have worked together for the last 43 days in attempts to locate the missing kayaker.
 
An autopsy will be conducted and the positive identification of the recovered body is ongoing.
 
**UPDATE**
 
An autopsy was conducted this morning on the body that was recovered in the Paw Paw River. The preliminary report did confirm that is was Cory Wright who had been missing since February 27, 2018. The report also showed that there were no signs of foul play and it was an accidental drowning.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.



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