Man who may have fallen in lake identified

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 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) — Police have identified the man who is believed to have fallen into Asylum Lake in Kalamazoo after a cross-country skiing trip.

Authorities have identified the man as 56-year-old Takashi Sugimori. He was reported missing by his wife on Thursday after he didn’t come home.

Officials have conducted a ground search to look for any clues to his disappearance and found his car in the parking area of Asylum Lake off of Parkview Drive.

There were also foot tracks leading to the lake and onto the ice which is why police believe Sugimori may have fallen into the lake. Police do not suspect foul play.

Dive teams have not been able to physically search the lake because of poor weather conditions.

On Saturday, officers from Kalamazoo Public Safety determined it was still unsafe to deploy the Kalamazoo County Dive Team  into the waters because of the amount of moving ice still remaining on the lake.

However, Michigan State Police Aviation was able to fly over the area because of improving weather conditions.

Mr. Sugimori was not located during the second aerial search Saturday.  The Kalamazoo County Dive Team hopes to begin their sonar search soon, once the ice has dissipated.

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