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ID released for body found in Seneca pond

Michigan man's car found in area in December

The Grundy County Coroner's Office released the name of a man whose body was found Thursday afternoon in a private pond near U.S. 6 and Seneca Road.

Terry Edward Brown, 45, from Michigan was identified through tattoos and physical evidence on the body, the press release read. The coroner's office said that Brown's vehicle was discovered in a ditch near the scene in early December.

Brown was reported missing to the Montague, Mich., Police Department on Dec. 12, 2017. He had last used his debit card at TA Travel in Morris at 2:12 p.m., Nov. 30, 2017, and had not been heard from since.

"No one was around the vehicle at the time the police arrived," the press release read.

The coroner was called to the scene at 4:10 p.m. Thursday after two people fishing found the body in a private pond. The body was taken from the pond at about 6 p.m., a press release stated. The coroner's office, Grundy County Sheriff's Office and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services responded to the scene, along with Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District.

The circumstances around the accident or death are still unclear.

"When we have a death investigation such as this death where there are no witnesses, it is difficult to pinpoint the actions of the Mr. Brown," Grundy County Coroner John Callahan said via press release Friday. "What we do know is Mr. Brown’s death is a drowning pending toxicology tests."

This incident remains under investigation.

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