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Body identified as being man; no new leads

April 7, 2008
Phil Wenzel
Alpena Police Department is still searching for leads into its investigation of a partial human body that was discovered in the Thunder Bay River Sunday.

Detective Lt. Larry Thomson said the torso and head of a body was found near the Second Avenue Bridge. Despite an extensive search, no signs of the body’s lower half were found.

Although the body was in poor condition, it appeared to be that of a man, he said.

“I would say middle-aged ... it’s really hard to tell at this point,” he said.

Police are unsure how long the body was in the river, but they believe it could have been there for some time.

“It had definitely been in the water for a while,” Thomson said.

The body’s state of decomposition is making it difficult for police to determine its identity. They are asking people with knowledge of any missing people to contact them.

So far, police have no solid leads on identification, Thomson said. But they received several phone calls concerning missing people Monday.

The body will be sent to Saginaw for a forensic autopsy. That should help get a positive identification, which Thomson said is the next step. Once police know whose body it is, they will try to determine what happened to it.

“The autopsy is going to be our next step ... Hopefully that’ll give us some clues as to what our next step will be,” he said. Phil Wenzel can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5689.



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