Man Found Dead in Boardman River Identified

“He was just a very kind person, he was very liked by a lot of people.”

A body found in the Boardman River has been identified.

Now, the man’s sister is giving us a better idea of who he was.

The Traverse City Police Department confirmed the body belongs to 45-year-old Herbert Beaulieu, who was living in Suttons Bay and was originally from Minnesota.

He was found floating where the Boardman River meets West Grand Traverse Bay by a man walking his dog Tuesday morning.

Wednesday we spoke to his sister in Minnesota who said he has been here since around 2012, and that he has two sons and one grandson in Minneapolis.

She said she usually talks to him at least twice a week, but hadn’t heard from him since the middle of February.

She’s been working with an investigator, along with having people put up signs over the last few weeks.

“I knew in my heart and the gut feeling that I’ve been having the last three weeks as I’ve been trying to locate him that it was him. I knew it was him, I didn’t have no doubt in my mind that it wasn’t him,” said Leslie Beaulieu, Herbert’s sister.

A preliminary report shows no signs of trauma, but investigators are still waiting for toxicology tests to determine the cause of Beaulieu’s death.