Man, whose body was found in Lake Michigan, stayed at Hamlin Lake resort.

August 10, 2017

Marcus Brandon Adams

Man, whose body was found in Lake Michigan, stayed at Hamlin Lake resort.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — For more than a month, the identity of a man’s body found floating in Lake Michigan on the Fourth of July near the Leland Harbor in Leelanua County was a mystery.

That mystery was solved this week when authorities determined that the victim was 67-year-old Marcus Brandon Adams, who was originally from the United Kingdom.

The investigation revealed that Adams, who was living in the Washington, DC area, travelled to Mason County in June and stayed for a week at Peaceful Acres Resort on Hamlin Lake near the Ludington State Park.

Adams had a rubber dinghy sent to the resort a few days prior to his arrival, said Peaceful Acres owner Bonita Herban. The watercraft is believed to be the dingy that was located off North Manitou Island, July 4, approximately eight miles from where Adams’ body was found.

Adams left the resort telling people he was going to explore the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Adams, who arrived at the local resort in a rental car, stayed June 1-7, Herban said. She described him as being “very pleasant and polite.” Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, she said. Like her other guests, he seemed to just be seeking some “rest and relaxation” and “a break from life.”

“He wanted to make sure his bills were paid properly,” she said.

Adams had been living in the Washington, DC area since 2011, and his immigration status was in question, according to police. Adams’ friend in Washington DC reported him missing to authorities there on July 20.

Adams’ friends in Oregon received suicide letters from him, July 8, police said.

Washington DC detectives investigating the missing person complaint contacted the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office Sunday, Aug. 6, after learning of the mysterious drowning victim.

Positive identification was made through his dental records.

“I feel sad for him and his family and friends,” Herban said.

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