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Man pulled from Detroit River had been at concert

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Detroit — A body recovered from the Detroit River two days ago was identified Tuesday as a 44-year-old man who was missing for several days after falling off a boat during a concert at Chene Park.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office Tuesday confirmed the body’s identity as Antonio McKelton.

“We’ve confirmed his identity, but the autopsy report is not yet complete,” Wayne County Medical Examiners spokesman Ryan Bridges said.

Bridges said the official date of death was Sunday.

McKelton had been watching a concert from a 33-foot boat near the amphitheater at Chene Park when, according to relatives, he fell overboard into the river at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Family members said they threw him a life jacket before they lost sight of him.

Rescue crews launched an intensive search, using a boat, helicopter and sonar. But after a search that stretched 286 nautical miles, rescue crews weren’t able to find him.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the body was found Sunday morning. Alcohol was not a factor, officials said.

The Chene Park show featured R&B artist Avery Sunshine as well as the duo Kindred the Family Soul.

The Associated Press contributed.

ghunter@detroitnews.com

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