Medical examiner ID’s Grand River leg as missing man’s

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – 6 News has learned that the human leg pulled out of the Grand River last week by a fisherman belongs to 56-year-old Manuel Pena.

Pena has been missing since April.

Although the leg belongs to Manuel Pena the Lansing Police Department says they’re continuing to list him as a missing person.

Pena was last seen with his girlfriend Josephina Betancourt. The couple went missing in April.

Betancourt’s body was recovered from the same location in the beginning of May.

Manuel Pena’s leg was found on Friday, Sept. 25 at the Brenke Fish Ladder in Old Town after a fisherman reeled in his line and discovered it.

Police say the leg, still wearing a tennis shoe, was badly decomposed.

Lansing police divers, K9’s and the Crime Scene Unit were on scene for hours looking for more remains– or anything that could help identify who the leg belonged to.

Lansing Police say they do not believe Pena’s disappearance is suspicious.

The Capitol Area Dive Team is in the process of planning another search in the Grand River in the coming days.

They are working with engineers from the Lansing Board of Water and Light to lower the dam levels for that search.

6 News will continue to follow this case and provide updates when they are available.

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