Prowler presumed drowned after fleeing in canoe

Mar 8, 2018

Authorities: Prowler presumed drowned
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Authorities say a prowler is presumed drowned after a canoe he used to flee from sheriff's deputies overturned in a frigid lake in southwestern Michigan. 

The Van Buren County sheriff's department says deputies responded Wednesday to reports of a person looking into windows and trying to break into a vehicle in Bloomingdale Township.

They followed footprints in the snow and spotted the man coming out of a barn. Authorities followed the man toward Muskrat Lake, where he got into the canoe.

He was told to return to land, but he kept going until the canoe overturned.

Deputies in a rowboat tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to find him before divers searched the lake.

The man's name wasn't immediately known.

The sheriff's department says additional searches were planned for Thursday.