Former student’s body found in Detroit River

Rachel Williams

Nathan Fleer’s body has been located in the Detroit River.

The former Oakland honors student, whose family stated that he passed in mid-March, had abandoned his vehicle on the Ambassador Bridge on March 12.

Until this week, his body had not been located.  According to the Oakland Press, two fishermen found Fleer’s body on Monday, April 18.  

MLive reported that Wyandotte Police and the Coast Guard responded to fisherman Dan Derkatch’s call after finding the body.   

As of April 19, an identity had not yet been confirmed.  

Later in the week, dental records confirmed Fleer’s identity.  Rochester police stated that the cause of death has yet to be determined and that they are waiting on toxicology reports from the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Fleer studied philosophy at OU until 2013 and performed as the Grizz mascot for the 2009 to 2010 basketball season. He is remembered for his big personality, intelligence, wisdom and kindness.