Body found in Kentwood identified as missing person

Willie Donald Crawford

A body found in the 3100 block of 52nd Street in Kentwood has been identified as the missing person Willie Crawford.


Crawford, who had dementia, went missing form his home in the area of Eastern Avenue and 52nd Street on Dec. 3. Kentwood Police had sought information on Crawford’s whereabouts.


On Jan. 3, according to a police report, the Kentwood Police Department received a call about a body in the a small ravine in 3100 block of 52nd Street. The body was discovered by a person walking on the sidewalk. The body was taken to the Kent County Coroner’s Office.


Today, Jan. 4, an autopsy was performed and the body was identified as Crawford. There was no trauma to the body and the Coroner’s Office has listed his cause of death as exposure.


The Kentwood Police Department ended the release by stating that “our sympathies go out to Mr. Crawford’s family.”