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Body Found is Confirmed to Be Mary Tornga

Posted at 3:33 AM, Apr 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-17 07:27:56-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A family spokesperson has confirmed that a body that was pulled from the Grand River has been identified as missing mother, Mary Tornga.

At 8:00pm on Tuesday police say they were contacted by two people kayaking who told them they had found a body in the Grand River close to the Market Street Exit off the Westbound lanes of I-196.

Police from Wyoming, Grandville and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the search.

The Kent County Medical Examiner accompanied a group of investigators including the Kent County Dive Team on a boat to where the body was discovered, on the western banks of the river.

Grandville Chief of Police, Dan Steere, said he considers the woman’s death suspicious but would not comment on any persons of interest of the manner of death at this time.

Tornga’s body was recovered close to an area police had been searching for the two days leading up to Tuesday’s discovery.

The Market Street Exit was the last place 51 year old Tornga was seen alive early Sunday Morning.

Police say Tornga was riding with her husband, having just left a party when she exited the car around 1:00 a.m. Sunday.

Police returned to the scene on Monday finding a shoe belonging to Tornga and searched the area by helicopter.

Then, Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of flyers with Tornga’s photo were handed out and posted around the area by friends and family of the missing woman,

Police say an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.