Man may have fallen in lake; search continues

Kalamazoo public safety officers, along with other departments, at Asylum Lake in Kalamazoo where a man may have fallen in the water. (April 4, 2014)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan State Police dive team is expected to help in the search for a Kalamazoo man who may have fallen into a lake Thursday, according to Kalamazoo police.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers were checking the conditions of the ice on Asylum Lake Friday morning, and an MSP dive team was planning to send a robot to the lake for an underwater search, KDPS said.

It was unclear whether the dive team would be able to enter the lake due to disadvantageous conditions, police said.

Around 10 a.m. Thursday, a woman called the police to report that her husband had not returned from the lake, where he often went cross-country skiing.

Officers from KDPS, the county sheriff’s department, the Western Michigan University Police Department, and county emergency management went to the lake to search for the 56-year-old man. They found his vehicle parked in a lot off Parkview Drive and tracks leading out onto the lake.

The man, whose name has not been released, may have fallen into the lake, police said.

The Kalamazoo County Dive Team was called in, but decided rain and shifting ice on the lake made it too dangerous to conduct a search Thursday.

Officers did conduct a search around the lake, but didn’t find anything.

A helicopter search initially planned for Thursday evening was called off due to bad weather.

Police said they do not suspect foul play.

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