Officials discover body of South Bend teen, 17, who disappeared in Lake Michigan

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Courtesy of the DNR

The body of missing South Bend teenager Rahem Mason was found in Berrien County on Thursday, July 11, 2019, according to a press release.

Mason disappeared at Michigan City’s Washington Park beach. According to the DNR, witnesses said they saw Mason go under around 7 p.m. Saturday and they never saw him resurface.

Search crews have been combing Lake Michigan this past week attempting to find any trace of the 17-year-old.

His body was found on the beach at an address on Victor Avenue in Berrien County, near Union Pier.

An autopsy will be performed on July 12.

Read the full press release below:

On July 11, 2019, at around 12:41PM, Chief Todd Taylor, of the Chikaming Township Police Department was dispatched to an address on Victor Ave., concerning a recovery on the beach of Lake Michigan. Chief Todd Taylor arrived on scene and met with Deputy Andrea Crosby, of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, New Buffalo Township patrol, on the beach. On the beach was the body of an unidentified black male subject. While conducting the investigation, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Officer Tyler Brock arrived on scene and identified the body as the missing 17-year-old subject: Rahem L. Mason, who went missing at the Michigan City, Indiana Beach, on July 6th, 2019. An autopsy will be performed at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine on July 12th, 2019. Assisting the Chikaming Township Police Department were the following agencies:

1.Chikaming Township Fire Department

2.Chikaming Township First Responders

3.Berrien County Sheriff’s Department

4.Indiana Department of Natural resources

This investigation is ongoing.