Muskegon Police Find Grand Valley State University Student Accidentally Drowned, Close Investigation


MUSKEGON, MI – After a full investigation, Muskegon Police have announced they are closing the investigation into the accidental drowning of a student at Grand Valley State University in Lake Michigan.

Family and friends of 18-year-old Taleah Lowe had raised questions about his death and whether other GVSU students at the lake were responsible for his disappearance. Most of the questions and allegations were made on social media.

Muskegon Police said Friday (December 17th) that they presented a report to the Muskegon County District Attorney’s Office for review. They said prosecutors refused to press charges, citing insufficient evidence of wrongdoing.

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Lowe drowned on October 14 in Lake Michigan off the beach at Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon. She was with other GVSU students.

It was late, around 10:45 p.m., and the water was choppy, the wind direction changing throughout the night, police said. Witnesses reported a swimmer caught in a rising tide.

Lowe’s body was found hours later.

In Friday’s statement, police said there had been a full autopsy and the pathologist concluded Lowe died from accidental drowning and was not otherwise injured.

“After careful consideration of all known facts, video / photographic evidence, eyewitness interviews and autopsy results, it is the conclusion of this investigation that Taleah Lowe tragically died of a accidental drowning in Lake Michigan, ”police said. .

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