UPDATE: Rescue crews find body of missing man

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Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 11:27 AM EDT
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Rescue crews have found the body of a missing Niles man, police confirmed Saturday evening.

Garen Collins' body was found about 100 yards away from the Dowagiac River. There were no obvious signs of foul play.

An autopsy is scheduled to take place Sunday in Kalamazoo.


Emergency crews are searching the Dowagiac River after 47-year-old Garen Patrick Collins went missing.

His wife, Michelle Jones, told NewsCenter 16 a tow truck driver reported seeing Collins near the Tucker Street Dam, an area where Collins is known to go fishing.

"All I know is we can't find him, and we haven't had any contact -- nobody, his mother, me, his kids, his friends," Jones said. "No one's heard or seen from him."

Jones last saw her husband at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Riverfront Park Campground in Niles Township, where they live. His pickup truck was located in the parking lot of the Pucker Street Dam.

Jones found Collins' clothes and shoes by the river bank. She said it is impossible he had a heart attack and fell in the water.

"I can't even explain how I am feeling," Jones said tearfully. "My heart's breaking for me. My heart's breaking for his mom, his kids. I just -- I can't describe how it feels."

Jennifer Turner, Michelle's best friend, said it's unbearable to see the family suffer while Collins remains missing.

"When you see families going through this, you can only imagine, and I promise you, whatever you imagine, it's not what we're feeling right now," Turner explained.

Collins is described as 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 265 pounds, with brown eyes, short brown hair and a goatee.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 269-983-7141 ext. 7224.

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