Unidentified body recovered in Muskegon River in Evart

EVART — A team of first responders recovered an unidentified body in the Muskegon River on Friday in Evart.

According to Michigan State Police Trooper Jeff Hunger, a passerby discovered the body partially submerged in the river at about 2:20 p.m.

Personnel from the Evart Fire Department, MSP, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and a marine team from Mecosta County responded to the scene, though faced difficulty due to fast currents, Hunger said.

The process of recovery took several hours, and officers were able to use a hovercraft and rope to quickly ease the body onto the southern shoreline at about 6 p.m.

“At this time we have no information on the body and we won’t know until we can identify who it is,” Hunger said. “The next step would be identification of the body.”

Identification and autopsy results could take a number of days, he added.

Troopers could not confirm if the body was 60-year-old Donald Garry Tiegen, who has been missing from Evart since the morning of Nov. 29 when his 2003 GMC Yukon had been driven into the river from his private yard off Trout Haven Drive in Osceola Township. Tiegen’s private yard is up river from where the body on Friday was recovered.