Body of Parolee, 34, Found in St. Joseph River

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Police in Benton Harbor say authorities have pulled the body of a 34-year-old parolee from the St. Joseph River.

Police say an autopsy is planned Monday to try to learn what killed Dewayne C. Flowers of Benton Harbor. WOOD-TV reports that there were no obvious signs of injury.

The Michigan Corrections Department says that it cited Flowers for violating parole Nov. 9, and police say family members report last seeking him the next day.

Records show Flowers pleaded guilty to assault with intent to do great bodily harm in 2009 and got a sentence of 1 year, 8 months to 5 years in prison.

Bob Sweeney of the Michigan Underwater Divers Club says he found the body Saturday in about 17 feet of water, about 20 feet from shore.

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