MUSKEGON, Mich. — Crews recovered the body of a missing Grand Haven man and a white Honda Pilot from the Muskegon River Tuesday evening. 

Police confirmed that Jeff Scarbrough's body was found in his vehicle in the river near the Creston Road Public Boat Launch. The 29-year-old had been missing since Saturday with search efforts intensifying on Monday.

Family members last heard from Scarbrough Saturday night when he used his phone while driving from a golf course in North Muskegon on his way to pick up his young son in Fruitport and take him to Chuck E Cheese.  

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A resident who lives near the boat launch said he saw the Honda Pilot drive down the dirt road Saturday evening, but didn't think much of it until he saw reports about the search for Scarbrough. He checked his surveillance video and tipped off police using Silent Observer. 

Capt. Clint Holt with the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety said that the Silent Observer tip prompted investigators to go to the boat launch Tuesday. Police used a drone to spot the vehicle in the water, and they then deployed a dive team. 

"I can't really speculate as to why he was here," said Holt. 

Michigan State Police also assisted in the search. Lt. Greg Poulson with MSP said the Muskegon River is higher than normal and there is a drop-off at the end of the ramp. 

"There have been up to 10 vehicles in that same area that have entered the water in past years," said Poulson. "Very easily could have been an accident." 

Jeff Scarbrough

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