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Missing Man Found Dead On Belle Isle

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Belle Isle (WWJ Photo, File)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Police are investigating the mysterious death of a Grosse Pointe Park man whose body was found on Belle Isle.

Grosse Pointe Park Police Chief David Hiller said 46-year-old James Ivers was reported missing by his wife Monday morning, after he didn’t come home Sunday night.

Thursday afternoon, Ivers’ body was found on Belle Isle in a wooded, swampy area not far from where his car was involved in an accident on Sunday.

“There does not appear to be any blunt trauma to the body. However, we have no idea the cause of death, obviously, until the autopsy will be conducted tomorrow,” Hiller said.

Family members have said Ivers suffered seizures years ago and had been known to visit Belle Isle from time to time.

“So, that has not be ruled out as a possible medical concern,” said Hiller. “It would appear … purely speculative on my part, that he walked away from the accident and got disoriented. Why and how, I don’t know.”

Ivers is the father of two teenagers. He worked as an engineer for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.  Family members say he would visit Belle Isle from time to time.

In searching for Ivers on Wednesday, police uncovered another body in the waters off Belle Isle.  Hiller said that body, which was likely in the river for at least a few months, has not yet been identified.

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