A 20-year-old man whose body was found in a Pontiac lake was shot to death, authorities said Friday.

A dive team found the Pontiac man’s body about 7:55 p.m. Thursday in Osmun Lake in Stanley Park near Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Kinney Road in Pontiac.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy showed the victim was shot multiple times, causing his death. His identity was not released. 

The sheriff’s office said it is asking anyone with information about the victim’s death to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. A $2,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies were sent to the park about 3:40 p.m. Thursday after a woman called to report her son and his cousin were fishing in Osmun Lake when they found some bloody clothing, officials said in a statement Friday.

Deputies arrived and found tire tracks entering the park from Cortwright Street, according to officials. The tracks led to a pair of benches near a dock on the lake. One of the benches had signs it had been recently struck by a vehicle.

The officers also found what appeared to be a trail of blood and drag marks leading to the dock, police said.

They followed the blood trail to its end on the dock, where a section of railing was missing, officials said. Deputies also found more bloody clothing in the weeds nearby. Police said the clothing had what appeared to be a bullet hole. 

A forensics team and a dive team were summoned to the park, officials said.

As they searched, deputies responded to a report of a person missing from a home in the 200 block of Oliver Street near Joslyn Avenue and North Perry Street in Pontiac. 

A witness told the officers the missing person was last seen getting into a black Pontiac Grand Prix.

Shortly after, the sheriff’s office was informed the Waterford Police Department recovered a stolen black Grand Prix, according to officials.

Investigators matched car parts left at the park to the stolen Grand Prix and, after examining the vehicle, found damage consistent with striking a bench, police said. 

They also determined the deceased victim was the man reported missing from the home on Oliver Street. 

Mark Hicks contributed.

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