Central Michigan University Police Chief Bill Yeagley tonight is confirming a body recovered from a pond near Park Library is that of Michael Anthony Hartnett, 18, of Dearborn Heights, who had been on campus this weekend visiting friends.
CMU police received a call from Hartnett’s father at 2:15 p.m. indicating that his son was missing and that friends had last seen him early this morning.
Hartnett’s father provided contact information for some of Michael’s friends, whom police then contacted. Police also were able to ping Michael’s phone, which showed it last had power shortly after 2 a.m. on campus in the vicinity of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the library, Yeagley said.
Hartnett’s father also indicated that Michael was an insulin-dependent diabetic.
Police and a group of Michael’s friends began a search near the church and library and spotted a body in the pond shortly after 4 p.m. Two of Michael’s friends jumped in, followed by a police officer concerned for the friends’ safety. They were not able to retrieve Michael’s body; there were no signs of life.
The friends were taken to St. Mary’s, where they were supported by clergy and a CMU counseling team.
CMU police cordoned the area at about 4:15 p.m. and began an investigation, having determined it was a recovery scene, not a rescue. The department called the Isabella County dive team, which recovered Michael’s body at about 7 p.m.
An autopsy will be performed Monday. Police will continue their investigation. Anyone with information should contact the police department at 989-774-3081.
“We want to thank the students, CMU Counseling, the staff at St. Mary’s, the Isabella County dive team, Mount Pleasant Fire Department and Mobile Medical Rescue for coming together in what clearly is a tragic incident,” Yeagley said.
“The officers and all first responders on site did a thorough job while also supporting Michael’s family and friends. Our hearts and prayers are with all of them,” he said.
Counseling staff is offering grief support and may be reached at 989-774-3381.
No further information is available at this time.