The Muskegon Police Department continues to investigate the death of Taleah Lowe, an 18-year-old GVSU student who drowned near Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon on October 14.
In an Oct. 15 press release, the Muskegon Police Department said the medical examiner’s office ordered an autopsy to be performed after the body was recovered. Muskegon Police Department captain Shawn Bride said investigators are still awaiting post-mortem results from a pathologist.
“This is an open and ongoing investigation, with post-mortem results pending,” Bride said. “I will have more details once the pathologist gives us a final report. “
GVPD shared on social media on October 19 that the Muskegon Police Department report said there was no indication of foul play.
One of Lowe’s classmates with her at the beach called 911 at 10:46 p.m. on October 14, reporting an aquatic emergency with a missing swimmer, and divers from the Muskegon Fire Department recovered the body. by Ms. Lowe at around 1:26 a.m. on October 15. in the water, ”said Bride.
Bride said strong reverse currents were reported in the area where Lowe was last located, an area bordered just to the north by a channel break wall over 2,600 feet long.
GVPD Deputy Director of Public Safety Captain Jeff Stoll said the Muskegon Police Department had not contacted the GVPD for further information regarding the investigation.
“GVPD has not been contacted by the Muskegon Police Department to follow up or to help them with anything,” Stoll said.
Since the incident occurred in Muskegon, over 35 miles from GVSU, GVPD has said it is outside of its jurisdiction to investigate. However, Stoll said that GVPD did not identify any threats to the safety of GVSU students or the campus as a whole.
A GoFundMe hosted by Lowe’s cousin Isaiah Lane raised $ 6,480 and is no longer accepting donations. In the post, Lane said GoFundMe is raising money for funeral arrangements and a private investigator. Lane launched the hashtag #JusticeForTaleah, which garnered attention on social media.
According to Lane in the GoFundMe, Lowe’s family is wary of the circumstances surrounding Lowe’s death. According to MLive, Lowe grew up near Lake Michigan in South Haven and suffered from partial paralysis in his left arm, which prevented him from pushing his injuries beyond his chest. Her family insist that she would not have been in the water under normal circumstances.
The Lanthorn will continue to cover the case as more information becomes available.