Man’s body found on beach identified
LUDINGTON — The frozen body of a man found on a remote Lake Michigan beach has been identified as a missing Wisconsin resident.
Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole confirmed Wednesday that the body belonged to 48-year-old Allen Townsend of Sheboygan.
Townsend last was seen in November in Wisconsin. Authorities believe his body drifted across the lake to western Michigan.
An autopsy was performed, but a cause of death has yet to be determined.
Three bicyclists found the body Tuesday night along the shoreline about 3 miles north of Big Point Sable Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located north of Ludington.
Cole has said the body may have been on the beach for months.
No foul play is suspected.
AG: Funeral money was mishandled
STANDISH — State Attorney General Bill Schuette says he’s brought embezzlement charges against a northern Michigan funeral home operator in connection with mishandled payments for future funerals.
Schuette said in a release that an audit found 68-year-old Richard Weishuhn of Standish didn’t submit required yearly reports or maintain escrow accounts for $600,000 from 174 funeral contracts.
Weishuhn was arraigned Wednesday in Standish District Court.
and freed on a $25,000 personal bond. He owns R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel in the Arenac County community, about 25 miles north of Bay City.
A message left at the funeral home’s phone was answered by David Ramsay of Lee-Ramsay & Rivertown funeral homes. Ramsay says Weishuhn is out of business and doesn’t want to comment on the case.