Missing teenager found dead in Branch County lake

Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-05 15:46:52-04

UPDATE: At about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the Michigan State Police Marshall Post issued the following:

“Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers from the Marshall Post are expressing their condolences today to the family of John Matthew Krutsch of Coldwater. John was located earlier this date in Marble Lake, not far from where he was last reported to have been seen. He was declared deceased at the scene.   

The family have been notified. The cause and manner of death are not clear currently. An autopsy will be scheduled in the coming days. The Branch County Sheriff’s Department also assisted at the scene.”


QUINCY, Mich. — John Matthew Krutsch was reported missing on October 2nd.

He was last seen on foot around noon wearing a green t-shirt and basketball-type shorts. Nineteen year-old Krutsch also goes by “Matt”.

Branch County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Michigan State Police are searching for Krutsch in the area of Marble Lake using dive and canine recovery units in addition to searching areas on land.

Anyone with information on Krutsch’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Branch County Sheriff’s Office.