Shaw’s body found 3.5 miles from drowning site

May 9, 2019

By John Raffel

Three months from the day he fell through the ice on the Muskegon River, 15-year-old Dylan Shaw of Evart has been found.

Osceola County undersheriff John M. Keathley announced through a press release Shaw’s body was found the morning of May 7.

Dylan Shaw

“The victim was recovered approximately 3.5 miles from where he was seen falling through the ice,” Keathley said. “The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office was assisted with the recovery by members of the Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan State Police Dive Team, and K-9 unit, the Evart Fire Department, Great Lakes Search and Recovery, and Osceola County EMS.”

The search started immediately from the time Shaw fell through the ice but rescuers ran into obstacles such as the weather and dangerous river conditions which made continuing the search risky.

“We conducted another organized search of the river (Tuesday) due to the fact that the water levels have fallen approximately 3-to-5 feet since our last search,” Keathley told the Marion Press. “The State Police cadaver dog alerted to the location. This area had been searched previously but with the higher water levels the victim was not located.”

Shaw was presumed drowned after falling through the ice on the Muskegon River in Sylvan Township on Feb. 7.

Osceola County Sheriff Justin Halladay issued a release to the media on Thursday, Feb. 7, which stated that at approximately 5:14 p.m. that day, deputies from Osceola County were dispatched to a possible drowning at the 50th. Ave. Bridge just south of River Road in Sylvan Township. He added three juveniles, ranging in ages of 14 years old to 16 years old, fell through the ice and into the Muskegon River. Two of the juveniles were able to make it back to the shore and the search continued for the third juvenile, who was later identified as Shaw.

An extensive recovery effort was suspended on the evening of Feb. 8, although the search had been continuing at various times since then, depending on river and weather conditions, which posed challenges to the search, Halladay said.

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