Missing fishermen's bodies found in Lake Erie

Godfried McKinney, Kendrick Covington had been missing since Wednesday

By Halston Herrera - Digital news editor

DETROIT - The U.S. Coast Guard ended their search Thursday afternoon for two missing fishermen on Lake Erie.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said the bodies of 54-year-old Godfried McKinney, of Southfield, and 64-year-old Kendrick Covington, of Detroit, were found just before 11 a.m. by a crew that had been searching the lake near the mouth of the Detroit River.

The bodies will still need to positively be identified by the medical examiner's office.

The men headed out from Monroe, Mich., on Wednesday to go fishing in a 14-foot beige and white boat.

They were due back that night and reported missing by their wives when they didn't return. They were known to fish in the vicinity of Luna Pier and the Fermi II power plant.

McKinney's truck and boat trailer were found at the Front Street boat launch.

"Wave conditions are high. You never know what's going to happen on this lake," said Major Jeff Kemp, of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. "A lot of people go out fishing, and the weather turns poor. A lot of the time they can't make it to shore."


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