Body of man, 61, recovered from Norton Shores pond

NORTON SHORES, MICH. - A person reported missing was found the following day in a pond.

Thomas Bultema's family called police about the missing 61 year old around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the area of Henry Street and Porter Road, according to a Norton Shores Police Department news release.

Officers and a K-9 units searched Bultema's property into the night but could not find him.

A search resumed Wednesday on the ground and air, with a Michigan State Police helicopter. It quickly came to a close with the discovery of a piece of clothing floating in a nearby pond.

Bultema's body was found beneath the water, with the dive team able to recover him.

Police also located a leaf blower in the water. They believe he was home alone blowing leaves Tuesday afternoon near the pond when he accidentally fell in and drowned.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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