Deputy Jessica Frucci who is the diver in the water and Deputy Justin Goff who is in uniform on the shore

UPDATED 4-12-18:

An autopsy was conducted this morning on the body that was recovered in the Paw Paw River. The preliminary report did confirm that is was Cory Wright who had been missing since February 27, 2018. The report also showed that there were no signs of foul play and it was an accidental drowning.

(4-10-18) Lieutenant Martin Kurtz and Undersheriff Chuck Heit while 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 and the Watervliet Fire Department have worked together for the last 43 days in attempts to locate the missing kayaker.

An autopsy will be performed on the body that was recovered in the Paw Paw River on Thursday April 12, 2018 at the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, Michigan.