Dive crews find drowning victim in Kalamazoo River

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

OTSEGO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office says dive crews have recovered the body of a man who fell into the Kalamazoo River earlier this month.

Deputies say on Monday dive crews found 34-year-old Michael Baird’s body about 1.2 miles downstream from where he was last seen on April 6.

Crews searched for hours after Baird was last seen calling for help behind the Meijer store just west of US-131 in Otsego Township. They later suspended the search because of the weather.

Baird, of Englewood, Colorado, was visiting family in the Plainwell area at the time of the incident.

Investigators believe it was an accidental drowning and the cold temperatures contributed to his death. An autopsy will be conducted to determine an exact cause of death.

Deputies were assisted in the search by the Kalamazoo County Recovery Team, the Otsego Fire Department and the cadaver K-9 team from St. Joseph County.