Search for man in Kalamazoo River suspended

Otsego, Kalamazoo River
Emergency responders in Otsego search for a man in the Kalamazoo River. (April 6, 2017)


OTSEGO, Mich. (WOOD) — The search for a man in the Kalamazoo River in Otsego was suspended Friday night.

The man was last seen calling for help around 9 p.m. Thursday behind the Meijer store just west of US-131, authorities on the scene said.

Shortly after 6 p.m., crews said they were suspending the search until weather and water condition improved. Authorities will continue to monitor water levels and environmental conditions to determine when the search can safely resume.

According to an Allegan County Sheriff’s Office news release, the man is believed to be 34-year-old Michael Jospeh Baird, of Englewood, Colorado, who was visiting family in the Plainwell area. He was reported Wednesday night when he didn’t come home after a walk.

It’s not yet clear how the man ended up in the water.

Crews from Plainwell, Otsego and Allegan County responded.