Police divers recover human body at Fish Ladder, same site body part was found last month

UPDATE: LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The body was recovered from the Grand River by the Capital Area Dive Team near the Brenke Fish Ladder in Old Town.

Officials worked with engineers from the Lansing Board of Water and Light to further search for a missing Lansing man, Manuel Pena.

Manuel Pena and Josephina Betancourt went missing back in April. Betancourt’s body was recovered from the Grand River in May, and just two weeks ago Manuel Pena’s leg was recovered from that same location.

For a little over six months, police conducted 11 searches in an effort to find the couple and while they haven’t identified the body found Wednesday, evidence suggests the leg and body could be connected.

“I’m glad that we do have the body now,” Daniel Pena, Manuel Pena’s brother said. “And we know where he’s at because for six months we had no clue.”

It’s been a long six months for Daniel Pena and his family. Back in April, his brother, Manuel Pena, went missing with his girlfriend, Josephina Betancourt.

Last month, Manuel Pena’s leg was recovered near the Brenke Fish Ladder in Old Town, and today, several police agencies conducted another search in an effort to find the rest of his body.

“With the assistance with the Board of Water and Light and lowering the water and getting the turbines to shut down, we were able to send in a sonar if you will, or underwater camera,” Public Information Director, Robert Merritt said.

The camera revealed that a body was underneath the fish ladder, the Capital Area Dive Team recovered it and right now, police said evidence found on the body is consistent with evidence found on the leg two weeks ago.

“At this point we cannot determine, make the determination that the body is of the missing person is Mr. Pena,” Merritt said. “But for all intent and purposes it’s looking like it is.”

And while Daniel Pena said there is a sense of closure now that a body has been found, he said there’s still some uncertainty.

“It does bring some sense, but it also brings questions,” he said. “Ya know like what actually happened.”

“You got two missing people that went missing on the same day, in this general area and we’ve recovered two bodies,” Merritt said. “One has been positively identified and the other one we’re waiting for the autopsy to determine if in fact, it’s Mr. Pena.”

Be sure to stay with 6 News, we’ll bring you updates on this developing story as soon as they become available.

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Lansing Police divers have recovered a human body from the Grand River near the Brenke Fish Ladder in Old Town this afternoon.

There has been no identification of the body yet.

Last month a human leg was recovered from the same part of the river.

That leg was identified as belonging to 56-year-old Manuel Pena of Lansing.

He is still listed as a missing person because the medical examiner did not have enough proof to determine that Pena is deceased.

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.

Police have conducted eleven searches since Pena and Betancourt were last seen in April.

Today cadaver dogs began searching near the fish ladder and an underwater camera was sent down before divers went into the river.

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