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Kalamo body exhumed in unsolved mystery

Police and medical personnel prepare to exhume a body at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo. (Photo provided)

Taylor Owens

Staff Writer

 

A body of a man – identity unknown – was exhumed Dec.12 from a Kalamo Cemetery in attempt to solve a 12-year mystery.

Kalamo Township Supervisor Brett Ramey said Michigan State Police and the Eaton County Sheriff's Office have been working for at least four years to gather enough funds to exhume the unidentified body that has been buried in the cemetery since 2007.

The man's body was originally found inside a sleeping bag in the Grand River; it was believed to have been there for some time. A cause of death has not been determined, so the case has remained open. The body was sent to Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, and was buried in an available lot in Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo, south of Vermontville.

Ramey said there were about 15 people at the cemetery to exhume the body, including police, medical examiners and representatives from Kalamo Township and Pray Funeral Home.

“Hopefully, they can at least put a name to it  – maybe give the family some closure or maybe solve a crime,” Ramey said.

The Michigan State Police confirmed the body was exhumed, but did not provide additional details. The Eaton County Sheriff's Office did not return calls for comment.

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