Body of missing Indiana man found in water near Sturgis

STURGIS TOWNSHIP, Michigan (WOOD) – The body of a missing Indiana man was found in a vehicle submerged in water near Sturgis, soldiers said.

On Friday, Michigan State Police officers found the body of Garvin E. Roberson, who had been reported missing in Elkhart County, Indiana. Roberson’s body was found in the 2022 Honda CRV he was driving at the time of his disappearance, Elkhart County deputies said.

The vehicle was submerged in water at Fawn River Road and White School Road in Sturgis Township near the Michigan-Indiana border, deputies said.

The investigation was turned over to the MSP Marshall Post. Police have not said how Roberson died.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said Roberson is the brother of Elkhart, Indiana Mayor Rod Roberson, who issued a statement.

“We are devastated to learn that my brother Garvin has passed away as we have been hoping for his safe return for the past week. His family and his fiancee Deb appreciate your prayers and support at this time. We felt the love of this whole community. To all law enforcement officials, we would like to express our gratitude for your dedication and professionalism in finding Garvin. Please continue to pray for our family, for Garvin and for the lives he has touched. We want to thank you for respecting our privacy at this time as we mourn.”

Mayor Rod Roberson & family