BYRON CENTER, Mich. — Employees at a Michigan funeral home were using a lift to decorate a tree for the holidays when they spotted the roof of a car in a nearby pond.
When authorities pulled the car from the pond, they found a person's body inside the vehicle, according to WXIN.
The body is believed to be that of Davie Lee Niles, who disappeared in 2006, according to WOOD-TV.
The submerged car is visible in satellite images found on Google Maps.
After five years, family members published an obituary for Niles.
“For us today, it’s a closure of a long search,” Niles son-in-law, Scott Hathaway told WOOD-TV. “Why God waited nine years, I have no idea, but we’re happy.”
At this time, authorities do not suspect foul play.