Lansing – (Detroit News) Police say a body recovered from the Grand River in Lansing is that of a missing kayaker. Police identified the body Monday as that of 24-year-old Devon Christmas of Bath. They say the medical examiner has ruled the death a drowning. The submerged body was located Saturday morning.
Christmas fell into the water Feb. 27 near the Brenke Fish Ladder in Lansing.
This was apparently a case where the kayaker ran a low-head dam and was killed. This is a man-made channel in a public park.
Authorities Search For Missing Kayaker In Grand River
Authorities say a kayaker is missing after reportedly falling into the Grand River in Michigan. The Lansing Fire Department says rescue teams were told that the man fell into the water Tuesday evening near the Brenke Fish Ladder in Lansing. A search didn't immediately find the man, but the Lansing State Journal reports kayak and paddle were spotted floating down the river.
The missing man's name wasn't immediately released. Boats and divers were used to search the water on Tuesday. The effort was to continue Wednesday.
Fire department spokesman Steve Mazurek says "given the water level and the speed the river is traveling right now, we knew this was going to be a long, intensive operation." The river has been high due to rain and melting snow, causing recent flooding.