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Search crews believe they have recovered Tyler Spink's body

The nonprofit Bruce's Legacy has been conducting search efforts, and late Wednesday night they are reporting that they have found a body that they believe to be Tyler. We are at the scene and working to get more details.

BENZIE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The search for Tyler Spink, a kayaker who went missing back in 2016, may finally be over.

The nonprofit Bruce's Legacy has been conducting search efforts, and late Thursday night they are reporting that they have found a body that they believe to be Tyler. We are at the scene and working to get more details.

The discovery comes after challenging search conditions hampered efforts. The founder of Bruce's Legacy's founder, Keith Cormican, said the search efforts had to be cut short because of the weather.

"The wind creates the waves, the waves don't allow us to get the good smooth imaging that we need, we need the boat to be pretty flat," said Cormican on Tuesday. "We can take up to about 2 foot wave that we can operate in and today we're sitting in about 5 feet."

Kelly Dalton, Tyler Spink's mother, says she's thankful that groups like Bruce's Legacy were still searching for her son.

"Without Bruce's Legacy and others that are out there that are willing to search, you would have nowhere to turn. To still have this going on two years later almost, we're almost at that two year mark, it is overwhelming," said Dalton.

Cormican says the families are what keep him and others coming back to search.

"You get attached to these cases like this and with the mother being very adamant about finding her son and bringing him is what keeps driving us," said Cormican.

Dalton says the recovery of her son will help give her closure.

"The one thing that I've learned is that nobody should have to lose a child, but the thought of my son still out in that lake is extremely difficult and I will never rest until he's out of that lake," said Dalton.

If you would like to donate to Bruce's legacy go to http://www.bruceslegacy.com/donate/.

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