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Berrien County Register of Deeds Lori Jarvis was tragically killed in a single-car accident on Thursday, June 14 at approximately 10:00 a.m.  She has served the citizens of Berrien County since January 2001.

The Register of Deeds office at the Berrien County Administration Center closed early on Thursday, June 14 and will remain closed on Friday, June 15. Additional closures of that office will be announced as they are determined and will be released as soon as possible.

In accordance with policy ADM-1280, the flags at all county facilities will be flown at half-staff beginning Friday, June 15 and shall remain so until interment.

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, this afternoon released the following statement in reaction to the tragic death of Berrien County Register of Deeds, Lori Jarvis:

“What a tremendous, tragic loss for our community. Lori was a wonderful mother, wife, and friend.

“I knew her for decades. She was so well respected. It’s very sad. Her legacy of dedicated public service will live on and for that we are all grateful. Amey and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to her entire family.”

Tonight the Sheriff’s Office confirmed the information below that was released earlier today is the accident that Jarvis lost her life in

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle fatal car crash on M-63 near Eaman Road in Hagar Township. The driver of the vehicle was headed northbound when it left the roadway and struck a garage on the west side of the road. No occupants were in the garage at the time of the crash.

The name of the driver is not being released at this time pending notification of family. Speed and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in this crash. The crash remains under investigation and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine.