December 18, 2014

UPDATED 9/29:Body of missing Madison Heights woman recovered in Arenac County waters

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WHITNEY TOWNSHIP —A woman’s remains were discovered in the Saginaw Bay on Saturday evening and tests revealed it to be a Madison Heights woman who had been missing for about a week.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, the Huron County Sheriff’s Department learned family members hadn’t seen Catherine Hoskinson, a 48-year-old from Huron County, since Sept. 20, one day before several items belonging to her were discovered on the beach at the Port Crescent State Park. The items on the Huron County beach, discovered Monday, Sept. 21, included a driver’s license and other items belonging to Hoskinson. A search for Hoskinson had already been in progress when the body was discovered Saturday at approximately 5:40 p.m.

Sheriff James Mosciski said on Monday, Sept. 28, that scars and piercings Hoskinson could be identified by were found on the body by a forensic pathologist out of Saginaw, and later, dental records confirmed that the body recovered from the Saginaw Bay was indeed Hoskinson.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Tawas Station, recovered the body at approximately 6:30 p.m. The cause of death, says Mosciski, was drowning.

“There were some people in a boat coming from Tawas to AuGres and they came upon her floating in the water approximately two miles east of Whitestone Point in Whitney Township,” he said.

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