Michigan Physician Found Dead In Frozen Pond

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Divers found the body of a missing Michigan doctor in a frozen pond on his own property Tuesday.

Dr. Bolek Payan had been missing since he was last seen Dec. 22 at the Henry Ford Allegiance Health Center in Jackson, Michigan, police said, according to WILX. No one had heard from him since he left the hospital that day. (RELATED: Police Find Body Of Missing Woman After Two-Month Search)

Police said they cut a hole into the frozen pond on Monday and sent divers to search the water after an unsuccessful land search using K-9 units, drones, and search parties, WILX reported.  Divers found Payan’s body at about 12:30 p.m., and police concluded he probably died before being reported missing.

Friends and relatives who traveled to Jackson County to spend the holidays with Payan, called his disappearance out-of-character, the outlet reported.

“Bolek dropped his dogs at 8 a.m.,” Nicole Keiser told WILX. “He told us that he was going to pick them up at 6:30, he already fed them, and that he’ll feed them again when he picks them up at 6:30 that night. So for his truck to be here without coming to the house to pick up the dogs that would be out of character. Something happened and I don’t know what.”

Authorities did not say how Payan ended up in the water.