OTSEGO TOWNSHIP, MI – On Monday April 24th the Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and Dive Team conducted another search of the Kalamazoo River in Otsego Township for Michael Biard who is presumed to have drowned after falling into the river on the night of April 6th in the City of Plainwell.
Today the Sheriff’s Office was assisted by a cadaver dog K-9 team from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office who had assisted in the search for Baird over a week ago. After an extensive search of the river public safety divers located the body of Michael Baird approximately 1.2 miles downstream from his last seen point in an area west of 12th Street in Otsego Township.
A pathological examination will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death however at this time all indications lead investigators to believe this was an accident and that Biard succumbed to cold water temperatures and hydrology leading to his drowning in the river.
Assisting the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office in the search for Baird over the last two weeks were dive team members of the Kalamazoo County Recovery Team, The Otsego Fire Department and the cadaver K-9 team from St. Joseph County.