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Posted on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 11:58 a.m.

Sheriff's Office responds after person found floating in Ford Lake

By Kyle Feldscher


The area of Ford Lake in Ypsilanti Township where a person was discovered floating Friday morning.

Kyle Feldscher |

1:30 p.m. update: Divers have recovered the body.

1:12 p.m. update: Divers had taken a small boat out on the lake and were in the water trying to get the person out.

A person was discovered floating in Ford Lake in Ypsilanti Township Friday morning, a Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesman confirmed.

The Sheriff’s Office Marine Division had been called to the area near the 5900 block of Bridge Road about 11 a.m., said Sgt. Geoff Fox.

Huron Valley Ambulance was also at the scene.

Witnesses said a woman who worked at the apartments called police after seeing the man's body.

Divers and deputies in the boat pulled the person out of the water at 1:30 p.m., about two-and-a-half hours after first responders were first called to the scene.

The circumstances around the man ending up in the water are still unclear. Rumors about how the man ended up in the water started almost immediately after the search began.

Deputies at the scene did not speak to

No further information, including whether the person is a man or a woman, was immediately available.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

View Ford Lake rescue effort in a larger map


Honest Abe

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 6:44 p.m.

" Divers have found the body and put it in the boat." Really?? ....' put it in the boat'. "It"!?!? What is "It"? You writing as if they caught a Marlin or something. Not subtle in my opinion, nor even necessary. You could have just gotten to the point by writing something like- 1:30 PM Update: "Divers have recovered a body". Amateur best.


Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 7:55 p.m.

Submit your story to the editor now, don't delay.

Cindy Heflin

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 6:56 p.m.

We've changed the wording on that.

Kyle Feldscher

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 6:30 p.m.

Frank- Considering I watched divers pull the body out at 1:30 pm, either the WDIV story is incorrect or your interpretation of it is.

Honest Abe

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 6:03 p.m.

This is sad. Especially keeping in mind that a 55 year old man went missing. The man lived at 5900 Bridge Rd, which is virtually where the Sheriff Dept is currently.

Julie Baker

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 6:01 p.m.

Kyle will have an updated story asap on authorities recovering a body from the lake.


Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 6 p.m.

I was stuck in traffic on west bound 94 when the officer with the boat went flying past on the eastbound side.


Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 5:57 p.m.

They put the body in a bag per Kyle on twitter. You can "assume" what you want, I personally will assume this poor soul has passed. Too bad :(

Honest Abe

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 5:56 p.m.

UPDATE: The WCSD has recovered a body.

Honest Abe

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 5:41 p.m.

'Floating' can be an emergency procedure in water, especially if you are cramping, exhausted or cannot swim very well. This heat could cause all of the above. Hopefully this is a rescue and not a recovery.


Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 5:26 p.m.

I'd assume since they said person and not body, maybe the person is alive. Typical breaking news article. Vague at best.


Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 6:01 p.m.

@actionjackson - I agree with you 100%, if you don't like this news outlet then why read it? Walk a mile in these folks shoes before you criticize.

Cindy Heflin

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 5:47 p.m.

Thanks for the feedback everyone. We are indeed exercising caution here and reporting the facts as they are known. We'll post updates as soon as we have confirmed information.


Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 5:32 p.m.

I would suggest that you get your news elsewhere if you are disappointed. They are fine with me. Of course I am not a journalism major nor do I edit typos or English mistakes. Their stories are just fine for most of us.


Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 5:32 p.m.

Which is EXACTLY as it should be until FACTS are determined. Of course the desire to be first is what leads people to do things like Fox News did after the Boston Bombings


Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 5:10 p.m.

I'm not a writer, but this headline makes it sound like the news is that the Sheriff's Office responded, not that there was a person floating in the lake.

Frank Lee

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 5:08 p.m.

Any information on whether they are dead or alive?

Cindy Heflin

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 5:26 p.m.

There's no official confirmation of that at this point. We have a reporter at the scene and will be posting updates as soon as possible.

Cindy Heflin

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 4:08 p.m.

This location is near the area where a man was reported missing Thursday night, but at this point we have no information indicating these incidents are related.