Body of missing swimmer pulled from Newaygo Co. lake

GARFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Family members of a Grand Rapids mother who drowned in Newaygo County say they are relieved divers finally found her body.

Deputies recovered Brandi Humphrey's body around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday from Kimball Lake

Sunday and Monday, the murky waters revealed nothing to the men who dove in the 40 degree water, looking for Humphrey.

Family members say the 35-year-old mother was with her two children and other family members on a pontoon boat Sunday afternoon. The weather was sunny and hot and Humphrey, who grew up in Florida, was a good swimmer but the cold water shocked her.

Her brother's fiancé jumped in and gave her a life preserver.

"He had a hard time getting back in the boat cause he said the water (was) so cold. When he jumped on the boat and turned around, she went under water and didn't come back up," said Jerry Humphrey, Brandi's uncle.

Searchers spent Memorial Day attempting to recover her body. Once more sophisticated sonar equipment was brought in from other counties, divers quickly found Humphrey's body about 100 yards from the original search area.

"It wasn't real until they found her, you know? It was like a dream and now that they found her, it's coming," Jerry Humphrey said.

Sheriff's deputies were grateful that recreational boaters stayed off the lake despite the sunny holiday.

Humphrey had just became engaged to Mike Mead Saturday night. She had no insurance and her family has set up a fund to help pay for her funeral. You can donate here:


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