Walker PD: Reyes body found, death was homicide

Berta Yolanda Reyes (Family courtesy photo)

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — Walker Police believe the body found Friday is that of a woman who has been missing since April and the investigation is now a homicide investigation.

Berta Yolanda Reyes hasn’t been seen since April 24th; Reyes was last seen near her work, Neal Mast & Son Greenhouse, near the intersection of Bristol Avenue and 4 Mile Road. The body was found at a construction site off Bristol between Three Mile Road and I-96 in Walker Friday morning.

The body was discovered by the driver of an earth mover about 8 in the morning as crews prepared the building site.walker body2

Family members at the scene Friday were telling 24 Hour News 8 police told them the body found was 40-year-old Berta Yolanda Reyes

“They say they recognize her clothes…the clothes she was wearing the day she [went missing]. This clothes, they find down in the land,” said a woman who would only identify herself as a cousin.

Just before 6:40 p.m. Friday, Walker Police released a statement saying the autopsy results have tentatively labeled the cause of death as “Death by homicidal means”. Police said they had no additional information or specifics available about the death.

It does not appear the earth mover hit the body, but police say since it was covered in mud, he believes the body was pushed around by the dirt being moved by the machinery.

It is one reason investigators spent hours combing the scene, making sure they didn’t miss any evidence in case this turn into a criminal case.

Police say the victim is officially unconfirmed, pending dental records comparison, but they believe the body is missing person Berta Yolanda Reyes, due to physical characteristics that were the same of Reyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Walker Police Department at 616-453-5441 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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