Police ID man found dead near bridge

Hastings police investigate after a body was found near the Thornapple River. (March 14, 2014)
Hastings police investigate after a body was found near the Thornapple River. (March 14, 2014)

HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) – Authorities have identified a man who was found dead in Barry County.

The victim is Stephen Edwin Lawrence, 53, from Hastings.

A dog walker noticed Lawrence unresponsive and lying face down in the snow near a foot bridge, which crosses the Thornapple River, near the intersection of Hanover Street and East Mill Street, around 3:0 p.m. March 14.

Hastings Police Chief Jerry Sarver told 24 Hour News 8 last week that there were no obvious signs of trauma, nor that a crime had been committed at the scene.

A police news release from the Hastings Police Department states foul play was not committed, and that autopsy results are pending.

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