Body found near Ludington is missing Wisconsin man

LUDINGTON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say a nude, frozen body discovered on a Lake Michigan beach is that of a missing Wisconsin man.

Three bicyclists found the body around 7 p.m. Tuesday on the shore, about three miles north of Big Point Sable Lighthouse.

Sheyboygan Police say the body is Allen L. Townsend, 48, who was last seen on November 20, 2013.

An autopsy performed Wednesday showed no foul play, however a cause of death was not clear.

The body was described as a black man, 5' 11". It had two tattoos on the upper left chest area, above the left nipple. One of the tattoos is a pyramid and the other is a half-moon with a star.

Authorities believe Townsend's body may have been on the beach for months and could have been encased in ice. Townesend was only wearing socks and sneakers.

Townsend was reported missing by a family member in December and was last seen in November, when friends saw him leaving a party in Sheboygan. It's unclear yet if Townsend's body washed ashore.


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