DEARBORN (WWJ) – The body of a University of Michigan-Dearborn student has been found in the Rouge River.

Police have not yet positively identified the man, but it’s clear that the remains — discovered Tuesday afternoon — are that of a 27-year-old Plymouth man who drowned last week.

According to police, the man and a 23-year-old Dearborn Heights woman were on the riverbank around 2 p.m. last Tuesday when a concerned citizen called police to report that the pair had fallen into the water behind the historic estate, located near Michigan Ave. and Evergreen Road.

The woman, who was screaming for help, was found on the bank, about 100 yards downstream from where she fell in, and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

She told police the man had jumped in to help her.

The Rouge River is approximately 127 miles and flows into the Detroit River at Zug Island. The man’s body was found on the north side of the river, near Evergreen.

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad, in a statement, thanked all those who assisted in the search and recovery efforts including the Michigan State Police and Downriver Mutual Aid Dive Team.

“The entire Dearborn Police Department expresses our condolences to the victims of this tragedy including the student’s family and University of Michigan Community,” Haddad said.

At the family’s request, names are not being released at this time.


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