BUTMAN TOWNSHIP – Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, Gladwin County Central Dispatch received a call in regards to a 14-foot aluminum boat found adrift and unoccupied in the middle of Lake Lancer. The boat was secured by the caller and deputies were dispatched to investigate the incident.
Around 4 p.m. deputies discovered a pick up truck at the boat ramp near the dam off of Dutcher Rd. The truck was running and was backed down the ramp with a boat trailer attached to it. The truck came back registered to Roy Bruner, the owner of the boat that was found adrift.
Butman Township was dispatched to assist in the search. They then contacted the area dive team.
Around 6 p.m., the body of Roy D. Bruner was recovered from the water near Dunbar Ct. Bruner was a 65-year-old Gladwin resident.
From evidence at the scene, investigators say it was apparent that Bruner had been out fishing and was preparing to leave when he fell into the water. At the current time, it is unknown if Bruner died from the accident or had an undetermined medical event before falling into the water.
This complaint is open and an autopsy will be conducted to help determine whether Bruner’s death was accidental or from natural causes.
The Gladwin Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Butman Fire Departement and members of the local dive team. Deputies were also assisted by civilians in the area who provided personal boats for the search.
Thoughts and prayers are with the Bruner family during this time of loss.