Lansing Police Launch Investigation After Body Found in Grand River


UPDATE 9:30 a.m. – Lansing Police have identified the body found in the Grand River Saturday afternoon. 6 News is told that 44-year-old Roberta Christie of Lansing was found just before 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Cause of death has not been determined and is still under investigation.

Investigators are seeking witnesses that may have information regarding the death of this woman. Please contact Lansing Police Department Detective Michelle Bryant at (517) 483-4817 or Crime Stoppers at (517) 483-7867.

UPDATE 8:55 a.m. – Lansing Police are continuing their investigation into the circumstances that led to a body being found floating in the Grand River Saturday. 6 News is told that there is no indication of foul play or violence. 6 News will have updates both online and on 6 News at Noon.

ORIGINAL STORY – A death investigation shut down the Lansing river trail for hours this Saturday afternoon after a walker found the body floating in the river.

It happened in Lansing near the intersection of E. Oakland and Grand.

Chest deep in the Grand River–the Lansing Police dive team worked to find answers after a body was found floating in the water this afternoon.

Police couldn’t say if there was any indication of foul play. “It’s too early to say. There’s nothing that indicates foul play. This early in any kind of case it’s pure speculation,” said L-P-D Sgt. Joe Brown.

LPD officials say the body hasn’t been there long— maybe one to two days—-

They’re investigating how the person died.

The body was found in the water right next to the Lansing River Trail— a place where many run and bike on a daily basis.

But for those runners today it also meant running into this.

“It’s pretty crazy to think about we were just talking about when it gets warm enough and nice enough we’ll kayak on this river and it’s kind of scary to think there might be a body in it,” said Kate Mortensen

But while police investigate the cause of death— investigators say once the scene is cleared— it’s safe to get back on the River Trail

“This is going to happen in any city any town especially the accidents especially the accidents– absolutely I’d bring my kids down here,” said Sgt. Joe Brown

Investigators are working to get a positive I.D. of the victim and contact next of kin.

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