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Car driven by missing Michigan man found in pond with skeletal remains

Employees at a funeral home spotted the roof of a car in a Michigan pond while they were decorating a tree for Christmas. 

Brian Houseman that works at the Cook Funeral Home in Byron Township saw the car in the pond when he was on a lift decorating a tree outside the building.  Houseman called the police and they too could see the car, that interestingly could also be seen by Google maps. 

When the car was pulled out they found skeletal remains in the driver’s seat that police believe may belong to Davie Lee Niles who has been missing for nine years. 

Niles was last seen on Oct. 11, 2006 at Jake’s Bar in town to meet a friend.  He left suddenly and it was theorized it was because he was dealing with pain from his cancer.  Niles was never heard from again. 

The pond was located about ½ mile from the bar.

The light yellow area on the upper right side of the pond is Davie’s car.

Finally the family that has waited so long can finally put there loved one to rest.

“It’s good to have him home,” said his son-in-law, Scott Hathaway.

The Kent County Sheriff’s stand that don’t know if they will ever be able to determine if Niles death was suicide of accidental. 


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