June 25, 2014 at 7:38 am

Autopsy confirms drowning caused minister's death in Montcalm County

Sidney Township An autopsy has confirmed that drowning caused the death of a 53-year-old western Michigan minister whose body was found in his car submerged in a Montcalm County lake.

Authorities say sheriffs deputies found the Rev. Kurt A. Hoffmans body Sunday after someone spotted the vehicle in about 6 feet of water and 30 feet from the road.

Investigators say they think he failed to negotiate a curve on a road, struck a fallen tree and veered into Lampman Lake at a high speed. The lake is in Sidney Township, about 35 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.

Hoffman was pastor at Trinity Church in Stanton.

The Grand Rapids Press and the Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reported the cause of death Tuesday.