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Body found in Lake Michigan near area where teen vanished

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 23:18:33-04

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Divers have recovered a body in Lake Michigan in an area of Holland State Park where a teenage girl from Flint vanished in January after a large wave swept her into the lake.

Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies were called the park’s north pier Thursday on a report of what appeared to be a human body lodged underwater in rocks there. A sheriff’s dive team worked for several hours before freeing the body from a hole in those rocks.

The sheriff’s office did not release any additional information, but Sheriff’s Sgt. James Douglas said the body was taken to Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids for an autopsy.

A 16-year-old girl, Eliza Trainer, went missing in the area on Jan. 1 after she was swept into the lake by a large wave during her first visit to Lake Michigan, the Grand Rapids Press reported. She is presumed to have drowned.