Mystery still surrounds man found in river 10 years later

Tommy Lange's body found Thursday in river near Wyandotte 10 years after he went missing


Friends of Tommy Lange don't know which day was more painful: Dec. 30, 2003, the day he went missing, or Thursday, the day he was found at the bottom of the Detroit River.

"There's got to be some kind of clue to what happened because Tommy would have never left his family. Never," said a friend.

A dive team went back into the water on Friday to search fro more body parts.

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"They were able to find some bones, what looked to be arm bones, and they found the skull, head," said Wyandotte Police Chief Dan Grant.

They also found Lange's wallet. Police first found his body headless. An autopsy is being done to found out if that happened before or after he entered the water.

"So we just want to determine that it wasn't any visible trauma," said Grant.

Sources say Lange's son is in Arizona. Authorities there will take a DNA sample from him in an effort to get an official positive ID of his father.

The Lincoln Park man would be 40 years old today. His friends and family still have a lot of unanswered questions but now they are taking the time to remember their loved one.

"I'm so glad that recreational diver found him. That was a blessing right there. Now there is some closure," said a friend.

Family and friends plan to gather at McCaffery's Bar Friday night in Lincoln Park to honor Lange with a candlelight vigil.

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