The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of a Hart man Tuesday morning who was reported missing Monday afternoon while fishing on Pentwater Lake.
Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast said the body of Gary White, 70, of Hart, was located at 10:30 a.m. in the marshy area of the north branch of the Pentwater River approximately one-third of a mile south of the Monroe Road boat launch in Weare Township. Mast said that the water was approximately 12-feet deep and that White was not wearing a life vest.
White was reported missing at approximately 4:45 p.m. Monday. According to Mast, a second man fishing from a canoe launched at approximately 1 p.m. near the Charles Mears barn along Monroe Road. Mast said the second fisherman heard a boat motor running and could still it hear it running when he ended his time on the water a few hours later. The second man went to investigate, found the 14-foot flat bottom johnboat partially filled with water and the motor running. The man secured the boat and contacted emergency personnel. It was believed White was fishing alone.
Emergency personnel from the sheriff’s office, state police and Department of Natural Resources began the search. A Coast Guard helicopter was also brought in and divers entered the water Monday in search for White, to no avail. Monday’s search lasted until dark and resumed Tuesday morning.
According to Mast, a Michigan State Police cadaver dog arrived Tuesday morning. The dog made a “hit” on a location and divers reentered the water and recovered White. Mast said White family members had been notified.