OTSEGO TWP., Mich. — Several weeks after Allegan County dispatchers received a call about a man in the Kalamazoo River yelling for help, the body of the Michael Baird was recovered in Otsego Township, about a mile from where he was last spotted in the river.
Rescue efforts began on April 6 to retrieve Baird, 34, from the Kalamazoo River near N. Main Street in Plainwell. It is reported that he had accidentally fallen into the water in that area. Crews used life lines, rescue devices and dive teams to attempt to rescue Baird before he disappeared from view, and the search was suspended.
Officials continued to search the next day using members of the Allegan County Search and Rescue team, but they had no success in finding Baird.
On April 24, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of a cadaver K-9 from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office finally recovered Baird’s body. According to police, it is believed he succumbed to the cold temperatures and drowned as he was swept downstream.
Following a pathological examination, investigators said the incident is believed to be an accident.