A search team has located the body of a missing area teenager, last seen swimming with friends at a park in Chickasaw County Wednesday night (May 25, 2016).

Authorities began their search for Christopher Balvanz, 18, after he disappeared while swimming with friends at a quarry in Chickasaw Park, west of Ionia.

The teen was apparently jumping off rocks into the water, then swimming back to shore. However, Balvanz came up missing sometime during the activity.

Search personnel were called to the site Wednesday night, and remained on the scene until after nightfall. They continued the search on Thursday, when Balvanz's body was found in the Chickasaw Park quarry shortly after 3 p.m.

The apparent drowning remains under investigation. An autopsy is planned.

Story By: Roger King

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