A car found submerged in a Byron Center pond with a body inside has been linked to a Wyoming man missing since 2006.
The Chevy Corsica’s registration comes back to a 67-year-old man, and the man’s identification was found inside the submerged vehicle, Kent County sheriff’s Lt. Ron Gates said at the scene.
Workers installing Christmas lights on a pine tree for nearby Cook Funeral & Cremation Services, in the 2000 block of 84th Street, noticed the roof of what they thought might be a car. They had been using machinery to reach the top of the tall tree and were looking down. A Kent County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched and verified the finding.
The car appeared to have been in the pond for some time, so authorities determined there was no immediate danger, Gates said. A dive team came out late Tuesday morning and the car was pulled out with the help of a wrecker. A man’s body was found in the driver’s seat.
A Google Maps image appears to show an object in the pond, in the same northeast side location where the car was pulled out.
Kent County sheriff’s deputies said the Wyoming man with medical issues was reported missing in 2006 and family members have stayed in touch with police in hopes of determining what happened to him. He had been staying at a motel off South Division Avenue 10 years ago, Gates said.