HAMBURG TWP. (WWJ) – The body found partially submerged in Murray Lake at Brighton State Recreation Area on Thursday has been identified as that of a missing 19-year-old man.

The Livingston County Medical Examiner says the victim’s body is that of Chad Austin Killen, formerly of Brighton. Dental records were used to identify the body.

Killen’s body was discovered by a kayaker on the north side of the lake. The body was found partially submerged and buried in the mud, leading the kayaker to believe it was headless. This, however, was not the case.

According to Hamburg Township Police, the body appeared to have been in the water for an extended period of time and was so badly decomposed, officers were not initially able to tell whether it was male or female.

Crews from Hamburg Township Police Department, Michigan State Police Brighton Post 12, Hamburg Fire Department and Howell Area Fire Department took nearly five hours to remove the body, which was found in a marsh area of the lake.

Killen was reported missing to the Green Oak Charter Township Police Department and was last seen in May 2009. He was 17-years-old at the time of his disappearance.

Officers initiated a missing person’s investigation at the time of the report and a follow-up investigation to locate Killen has continued ever since, with police making numerous contact with family members.

At this time, foul play is not suspected. The investigation remains open.

Comments (6)
  1. j brown says:

    You need to update your story … the body was not headless, his head was in the muck and could not be seen upon initial sighting. … Livingston County Daily Press & Argus 5/6/2011

    How could a body be headless without foul play?

    1. Loraine says:

      It said, leading them to believe it was headless. They said this was not the case. Read it again.

  2. j brown says: 5/7/2011 8:45 AM the original story was: “Headless Body Found In Murray Lake Identified … The headless body found submerged in Murray Lake at Brighton State Recreation Area on Thursday has been identified as that of a missing 19-year-old man.” The story was updated/changed after I wrote them, but they failed to change the time from the original story, to an updated time when they corrected it.

  3. derrick Dagastino says:

    Would you people please show some respect I grew up with Chad that’s his name he’s more or less my little brother and I would appriciate it if u people would keep ur coments to ur self the family don’t need to hear that kind of details

  4. Bridget says:

    Derrick is very right, a lot of the comments, not just this site, but others, are uncalled for, and show little respect! If you knew the family, and the whole situations, stupid comments would not be made. I feel very much so for this family, as people who know them, and Chad, do as well.

  5. Toni Schmidt says:

    I agree I am Chads Aunt ! He was very loved and missed! The story was very hard to read by the way it was wrote! Thanks for some of the suport by the way!

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