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Update: Missing Grand Haven man's body found in river

Tribune Staff • Updated Jul 13, 2019 at 2:15 PM

Update (Sunday 1:30 p.m.) Police have confirmed that the body of a missing Grand Haven man was located in the Grand River east of the U.S. 31 drawbridge late Sunday morning.

Ottawa County Sheriff Marine Patrol deputies assisting in the search located the body of Dylan Tarr at about 10:45 a.m., according to Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke.

“The investigation continues,” Hawke said. “All details of the death investigation and events surrounding Dylan’s death will be pursued. Autopsy results are pending.”

Update (Saturday, 4:10 p.m.) - Photos of search efforts added

Update (Saturday, 2 p.m.) — Local officials are conducing a search for a missing Grand Haven man. 

Police and firefighters from area departments are involved in the search for 25-year-old Dylan Tarr. Grand Haven Department of Public Safety had put out a missing persons alert on Tarr on Friday evening. 

A Michigan State Police helicopter is aiding in the search. Drone teams from Zeeland, Holland and Park townships were also involved in the search. Kent and Ottawa County Sheriff Departments loaned their search and rescue teams. Firefighters from Spring Lake, Grand Haven Township, Crockery Township, Ferrysburg and Robinson Township also assisted.

According to GHDPS Director Jeff Hawke, police are investigating all possibilities and are not calling the situation “suspicious” at this time. 

Searchers concentrated on areas near the water including East End Park and Harbor Island. They also staged at the Salvation Army on Despelder Street and searched some wooded areas nearby.

During a briefing early Saturday afternoon Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke thanked the searchers. He said that police had continued searching on every shift and the family had also organized its own searches.

Hawke said they were not using the public in the searches at this time, but would take phone numbers for volunteers and call them as needed.

Original Article

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety issued a missing person alert on Friday, July 12, for a 25-year-old Grand Haven man. 

Dylan Tarr was last seen walking on the 500 block of Washington Avenue at 1 a.m. Friday. 

He is described as 5-feet, 9-inches tall with a slender build. He was last seen wearing black jeans, a white T-shirt and a blue long-sleeve shirt. 

Dylan has not contacted his family, which is out of character, police said.

Anyone with information should contact GHDPS at 616-842-3460 or Ottawa County Central Dispatch at 800-249-0911. 

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