Body found in Byron pond positively identified

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Davie Lee Niles

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Kent County Sheriff’s Department confirms that the identity of the body found in a Byron Center pond is a missing Wyoming man.

The body of Davie Niles was found Tuesday in his car at the bottom of a pond on 84th Street.  Niles had been missing since 2006 and the sheriff’s department needed to use dental records and DNA to positively identify Niles.  The department confirmed that identification Friday afternoon.

The car was discovered by crews at the nearby funeral home as they were on a lift putting Christmas decorations on a tree by the pond.  They called the sheriff’s department which came out with the dive team to recover the car and Niles. On Google maps, you could see the roof of the car in the pond.

Pond at Byron Manor from Google Maps

Pond at Byron Manor from Google Maps

Niles family held a memorial service for him in 2013.  He was 72 when he died.


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