Body of psychiatrist is found by divers in an icy pond near his Michigan home – days after he vanished from hospital

  • Dr Bolek Payan went missing on December 22 after he failed to pick up his dogs
  • Divers recovered body from a pond near his home in Jackson County, Michigan
  • Detectives cut into icy pond after seeing footage of Dr Payan leaving his home

A doctor who went missing last week was found dead in a frozen pond near to his home in Michigan.


Divers recovered the body of Dr Bolek Payan from the pond in Jackson County on Tuesday afternoon after investigators viewed footage from his home video camera system showing him leaving the property on foot on December 22.

The public safety department said that police dogs, drones and officers had searched the woods around his home before cutting into the ice covering the pond.

‘The property had been checked with K-9 dogs, drones and on foot,’ the Blackman-Leoni Public Safety Department said in a statement.

‘After not locating anything on land, holes were cut in the ice of a pond on the property yesterday and divers located Dr. Payan’s body under the ice.

‘Detectives believe Dr. Payan would have been deceased, prior to when he was reported missing, due to the weather conditions on the day that he left his residence and the fact that he was in the water.

‘We would like to thank the Jackson County Dive Team, Michigan Search and Rescue, J-DART, the neighbors, and the public for their assistance during this incident. Our thoughts are with Dr. Payan’s family and friends.’

According to a family friend Nicole Keiser, Dr Payan, who worked at Henry Ford Hospital as a psychiatrist, dropped his dogs off to her at around 8am on Thursday and was expected to collect them that evening.

She added that it was ‘out of character’ for him to drive home without collecting his dogs.

‘Bolek dropped his dogs at 8 a.m. He told us that he was going to pick them up at 6:30, he already fed them, and that he’ll feed them again when he picks them up at 6:30 that night,’ she told WILX News.

‘So for his truck to be here without coming to the house to pick up the dogs that would be out of character. Something happened and I don’t know what.’

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to carry out an autopsy and toxicology testing.

 

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