UPDATE: Police ask public for help identifying body found in St. Joseph River
Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a man pulled from the St. Joseph River in Benton Harbor Friday afternoon.
The man carried no identification. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, Deputy Public Safety Director Michael Clark described him as a a black male, 5-foot-9-inches, wearing a navy blue starter jacket, blue jeans and pair of navy blue Adidas Samoa shoes.
The city's public safety department is handling the investigation and has not released many details.
Multiple agencies responded including Benton Harbor Public Safety and Fire, Berrien County Sheriff's Department and Michigan DNR.
At around noon, Ronald Lane was walking along the 500 block of Riverview Drive when he stopped to eat his crackers near a cluster of trees. That's when he noticed what appeared to be a jacket in the water.
When Lane took a closer look he saw tennis shoes and then the entire body.
"At least he's been found," says Lane.
The body was floating, face down, in the water but was caught along the rocks. Police said they found no identification.
Lane frequently walks along Riverview Dr. and said there wasn't anything in that spot yesterday when he passed by.
"I was going to sit and eat some crackers. Not anymore," Lane says he won't be stopping there anymore for fear of the image of the man's body being permanently associated with that spot.
Anyone with information can contact the Benton Harbor Public Safety's non-emergency line at 269-927-8436.