River search continues for missing student

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The search is continuing for a University of Michigan-Dearborn student who went missing after apparently jumping into the Rouge River to save a fellow student last week.

Police Lt. Patti Penman said the initial investigation indicates that the missing student, a 27-year-old Plymouth man, jumped into the river around 2 p.m. May 13 to assist a 23-year-old Dearborn Heights woman.

Penman said due to afternoon storms, the river current had become much faster than usual at the time of the incident.

A concerned citizen nearby called police and said the students were in the river behind the Henry Ford Estate and were in distress.

The area behind the estate, which is on Fair Lane Drive near the intersection of Evergreen and Michigan Avenue, has walking paths along the river that are open to the public and that run behind UM-D.

When police arrived, the woman was on the shore about 100 yards south of where she were initially spotted by the citizen but the man was missing.

The man is described as Asian and was wearing a blue striped shirt and tan pants at the time of the incident.

The woman was transported to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Penman said officers searched along the banks of the river for the man the rest of the day before calling off the search at dusk.

Search and recovery dive teams from Wayne County and Downriver and Dearborn police officers continued to search Wednesday and Thursday but were unable to find the man.

At the family’s request, police have not released the names of the students.

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)

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