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Body in Grand River being investigated as homicide

Posted at 8:21 PM, Sep 29, 2014

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A body that two fishermen found in the Grand River early Monday is being investigated as a homicide.

Monday morning two fishermen from Grand Haven Township found an adult female body in the Grand River at the end of 90th Avenue near Lake Forest Drive and called Ottawa County Central Dispatch.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office recovered the body at 10:10 a.m. Monday.

Detectives originally told FOX17 NEWS that there was no evidence of foul play. However, later in the day the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office announced that the death was being investigated as a homicide.

According to Capt. Mark Bennett, the body was that of an adult female clothed in a shirt and underwear and had not been in the water for long. He said detectives collected several articles of evidence at the scene and are analyzing them.

At 1 p.m. Monday, a Coopersville man reported his 72-year-old mother missing from a residence on Ann Street in Coopersville.

Bennett said investigators now believe that this is the woman whose body was found in the river.

Bennett said a forensic autopsy was performed Monday afternoon at Blodgett Hospital. Dr. David Stark then ruled that the woman died of head trauma prior to her body being placed in the river.

Bennett said the death was being investigated as a homicide and that investigators were searching the Ann Street residence and speaking with family members.

He said the woman's name was not being released until all relatives had been notified.