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Priest's body found after boat accident in Detroit River

Posted at 5:13 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 17:13:21-04

GROSSE ILE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of a Catholic priest who was one of two people who died when a boat capsized on the Detroit River.

The Rev. Stephen Rooney’s body was found miles away near Monroe.

The body of the boat’s skipper, Robert Chiles, was recovered Tuesday.

More than a dozen people were aboard Chiles’ 39-foot boat when it capsized Sunday night near Grosse Ile.

The others survived.

Rooney was a native of Ireland and the pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Trenton.

He was a priest for more than 30 years.