Kalamazoo, MI: On Monday, June 17th, 2019, at approximately 2245 hours, Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers responded to Walgreens at Riverview and Gull Rd, meeting two young females who were upset and trying to locate their uncle. The uncle was located and reunited with the two girls. In speaking with the girls, officers learned a family member had driven her vehicle into the Kalamazoo River. Officers were also advised; the mother had her two children inside the vehicle when it plunged into the river.
Officers began looking for a possible area where this could have occurred. Squad 6 responded to the area of Verburg Park off from Paterson St. with a boat. Within a few minutes of being in the water, officers located a submerged vehicle. A few minutes later two victims were located.
The Kalamazoo Forensics Crime Lab responded to process the scene. The Michigan State Police Dive Team was also asked to assist with the recovery of the vehicle and a possible third victim. At this time, the investigation is continuing. The identities of all the victims are being held until a positive identification can be made, along with family notification.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety offers its condolences to all family and friends who have been impacted by this tragic loss.
Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269-488-8911 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
By authority of: Capt. Brad Misner
Date: June 17th, 2019
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy. Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Brad Misner, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety 337-8139