A body was found floating in a retention pond at Hebrew Memorial Park in Clinton Township the morning of May 23. It was retrieved by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.

A body was found floating in a retention pond at Hebrew Memorial Park in Clinton Township the morning of May 23. It was retrieved by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Body found in Clinton Township cemetery pond

By: Alex Szwarc | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 9, 2021

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Police estimate a body had been in a local pond for a couple of days before it was discovered.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said a call came in around 9 a.m. May 23 at Hebrew Memorial Park in Clinton Township.

“They said a body was floating in the retention pond,” he said.

The cemetery is north of 14 Mile Road, east of Gratiot Avenue.

Maierle said the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team assisted in retrieving the body.

“It was floating up and was badly decomposed,” he said. “The body was badly bloated … but we recovered the body.”

He added that while no identification was found, a motel key card was located.

“We’re attempting to track it down right now,” Maierle said a day after police responded, adding that an autopsy was planned.

On June 1, Maria Myers, of the department’s criminal investigations office, said the case remained open.

Maierle said police officers visited the unnamed motel May 24, but hadn’t yet determined the body’s identity.

On May 22, cemetery employees were fishing in the pond and Maierle said, at that point, the body wasn’t visible.

A crime report states the groundskeeper was fishing and saw a body floating in the pond in the northwest corner of the cemetery and called staff.

“An employee came out and got the boat, and confirmed it was a deceased male,” the report notes.

The report indicates the individual is a white male, between 25 and 45, with dark hair, and tattoo writing on his chest. 

“The dive guys said that usually after three to five days, what happens is when a body goes to the bottom, it will start bloating up and come to the surface,” Maierle said.

The pond is about 45 feet deep.