BERRIEN COUNTY, MI – On Tuesday April 10, 2018 Lieutenant Martin Kurtz and Undersheriff Chuck Heit were patrolling the Paw Paw River in efforts to locate the missing kayaker who was reported missing on February 27, 2018.
While patrolling the river Lieutenant Kurtz observed a suspicious object under the water and upon further investigation it was believed to be a human body. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was activated and contact was made with Watervliet Fire Chief Dan Jones for assistance as well. Divers from the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team located and recovered the body of a white male at 4:47 PM. The body was transported by Pride Care Ambulance to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph.
The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for Cory Wright, 35-years-old, of Niles, after he was reported missing on 7:44 PM on Tuesday February 27th, 2018. Three individuals were kayaking on the Paw Paw River near 4265 R. Smith Street in Watervliet when two of the kayaks struck a log in the river. One individual swam to shore and the second individual, Corey Wright remained missing.
It is unconfirmed at this time but the body that was located is possibly that of Corey Wright.
The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office and the Watervliet Fire Department have worked together for the last 43 days in attempts to locate the missing kayaker.
An autopsy will be conducted and the positive identification of the recovered body is ongoing.