BCPD: Missing man’s wallet found with body in river

Body found in Kalamazoo River
Emergency crews enter the Kalamazoo River in Battle Creek, near where a body was found Sunday (April 23, 2017).


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Police in Battle Creek say a fisherman found a body in the Kalamazoo River early Sunday morning.

Police were called to the area of W. Jackson Street and Stringham Road around 1:05 a.m. Authorities say the body was found near the south riverbank at the bend of the river.

The wallet of 31-year-old Cortez Lewis of Detroit was found as the body was recovered, Battle Creek Police Department Chief Jim Blocker confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 on Sunday night.

Lewis as been missing since early March, when the car he was believed to have been driving crashed into the river. The body discovered Sunday was approximately three miles downriver from where that car was pulled from the river on March 12.

As of Sunday night, authorities had not yet confirmed the body is that of Lewis. An autopsy is pending, which police hope will lead to a positive identification.