Family asks for public help in finding teen's body in Lake Michigan

The family says they're going to hold a balloon ceremony Sunday night at the beach at Holland State Park.

HOLLAND, MICH. - The Coast Guard suspended its water search for 17-year-old Christopher Mimis.

Mimis's body has not been recovered after he and Vincent Green, 14  were swept away by strong currents Wednesday night. Authorities were able to find Green's body Thursday, but are now focusing their efforts on the shoreline for Mimis.  

Wednesday night, Mimis, Vincent Green and two others were swimming in the lake at Holland State Park. Ottawa County Sheriff Deputies believe all four were in the swim area when strong currents took Mimis and Greene.

"I tried so hard. I have been here since we -- since it happened. Get them back out," witness and friend Evan Poe said.

With the holiday weekend ahead, the family is asking anyone planning on going boating or using any kind of sonar equipment in the water to keep their eyes open in hopes of finally finding Mimis.

"They should still be looking look at the water, perfect conditions," Mimis' girlfriend Alexis Manders said. "With all of their technology and all they have I believe they can find him.

"They're just giving up on him, and that's not fair. He's somebody's son, somebody's father and now he's just out there like he's nothing.

There will be a car wash fundraiser for the Green and Mimis family on Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at Maple Avenue Ministries in Holland.

The family also has a Go Fund Me account. 


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