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DNR releases name of person reported missing on Belle Isle

Body recovered Sunday from the Detroit River

James Kuntz, 63, Plymouth, has been identified as the individual who was reported missing after being last seen at the Detroit Yacht Club, located on Belle Isle, May 10.

The U.S. Coast Guard located Kuntz’s body Sunday morning, offshore of Fighting Island in the Detroit River, about 9 miles south of the Detroit Yacht Club.

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and emergency responders began searching for Kuntz on May 12, when he was reported missing. Search and rescue responders conducted search efforts via ground, water and air.

“This is never how we want to conclude a search, but we hope the recovery of this man’s body can bring closure to his family and friends,” said Lt. Todd Szyska, DNR law enforcement supervisor in Detroit.

The cause of death will be determined by the county medical examiner.

Assisting search partners included the Detroit Police Department harbor master, Michigan State Police troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard boat crews and air station in Detroit.

DNR Law Enforcement Division officers remind boaters to safely enjoy the waters, while remaining prepared with lifejackets, emergency equipment, a boating plan and always boating sober.

Michigan conservation officers are fully licensed law enforcement officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect residents through general law enforcement and conducting lifesaving operations in the communities they serve.