Casualties, Drowning

Body of missing Northern Michigan teen found in pond near his home

MONTMORENCY COUNTY, MI – The body of a teenage boy with Down syndrome whose disappearance sparked a community-wide search was found in a pond near his family’s home Friday, police said.

Charles Cordes, 15, was last seen riding his bike in a hayfield at his home in Atlanta on Thursday night, police said. His body was found Friday afternoon. Authorities continue to investigate his death.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cordes family,” Montmorency County sheriff’s officials said. “We would like to thank the community for the overwhelming support during this difficult time.”

Authorities were called to the family’s home on M-33, southeast of Atlanta, after the teen was reported missing. Officers initially found the boy’s bike, slippers, belt and glasses in the hay field.

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