Leelanau County Deputies Identify Body Pulled From Lake Michigan

"We had one fingerprint to work with,” says Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich. “It bothers us when we can’t find somebody like this."

The Leelanau County Sheriff says despite a lack of clues, they have now identified the body found floating in Lake Michigan, back in July. 

We first brought you this story on July 4 as investigators struggled to come up with answers.

Deputies say dental records helped identify Marcus Adams, a 67-year-old man and a citizen of the United Kingdom.

The sheriff says Adams had been living in Washington D.C. and in New York since 1986 as an illegal immigrant, avoiding photographs save for one.

The sheriff says the dingy found eight miles away also belonged to him and that Adams bought it for a reason.

"It should never come to the point in life where you feel you have no friends or nobody to lean on and we have a lot of professionals in the field in this industry, looking to help in situations where people are depressed,” Sheriff Borkovich says. “We feel pretty comfortable with saying that this case is closed."

Some of his friends received suicide letters in the mail across the country a few days after crews pulled Adams from the water. 


The Leelanau County sheriff says they have identified the body pulled from Lake Michigan last month.

Deputies have been trying to identify the man since a fisherman found his body floating near the Leland Harbor on July 4.

Through dental records, victim was identified as Marcus Adams, a 67-year-old originally from the United Kingdom.

According to the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office, Adams had been living in the Washington, D.C. area since 2011 and was reported missing by a friend on July 20.

The sheriff’s office says Adams sent suicide letters to friends in Oregon, which were received a few days after his body was discovered.

Deputies say Adams made his way to Ludington and stayed for several days at a small resort. He left the resort telling people he was going to explore the Lake Michigan shoreline in a small inflatable watercraft.

According to the sheriff’s office, Adams current immigration status is in question.

Police are now working to see if he has any relatives abroad. 

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