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Results pending from autopsy on Muskegon County body

The results of Monday's autopsy, performed in Kalamazoo, are still pending -- as is identification of the body.

The mother of a woman who disappeared more than a year ago says she hasn't yet been told whether the body is her missing daughter.

Bobbie Maples went missing in December 2014, shortly after giving birth to her daughter Airyonne. Maples was reported last seen near Whitehall by a friend.

She was reported missing by her mother and friends around 11 days after giving birth at a Muskegon hospital.

Monday, Muriel Maples said her daughter was know to have friends in Fruitland Township, and that one or more may have lived near the location where the body was discovered. Muriel confirmed to WZZM 13 that authorities expressed confidence that the remains are linked to Bobbie.

Buried body found may be that of missing mother

Local officials discovered a buried body on private property in Fruitland Township Friday evening. Maples' mother, Muriel, confirmed to WZZM 13 that authorities expressed confidence that the remains are linked to Bobbie. 

Bobbie Maples went missing in December 2014, shortly after giving birth to daughter Airyonne. She was reported last seen near Whitehall by a friend. 

This is a developing story.


Water's safe, say leaders of Muskegon Co. communities that switched supply


MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) --  Flint isn't the only city in the state to recently switch the source of its water supply.  Last spring, Fruitport Charter Township and the city of Norton Shores disconnected from the water filtration plant in Muskegon Heights and started getting water from the city of Muskegon.

Fruitport Charter Township's Director of Public Utilities Matthew Farrar looks back at that decision and smiles.  It's a smile nearly as large as the one painted on his community's unique, bright yellow water tower.  "You have to be precise, because these things can't not work out," said Farrar.  "It has worked out. We have saved a tremendous amount of money."

North Muskegon Fire Department blocks access to Muskegon Lake due to unsafe ice


MUSKEGON, Mich. -- We have a reminder to anyone planning on ice fishing this weekend, check the ice to make sure it's safe!

The North Muskegon Fire Department is closing access to Muskegon Lake at North Muskegon Waterfront Sports Park (2nd Street) because the ice is too thin and considered unsafe.

Despite the frigid temperatures we saw earlier this week, the snow insulated the ice and it never developed any thickness.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex holds annual bash


MUSKEGON, Mich. -- Since winter got off to a slow start this year many have been champing at the bit to get in some outdoor fun. They will have plenty of opportunity Saturday at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.

The complex is holding its annual Party in your Parka event which features an impressive schedule of events. 

The event is promoted as a celebration for Michigan's 179th birthday.

There will be activities for folks of all ages.  

Here's what you need to know:

West Mich. Ironmen arena football team introduces itself


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- We know more now about the new professional arena football team that will call the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon home.

Owners of the West Michigan Ironmen, their coaches, and some players introduced themselves to the community Thursday morning at the arena.

The team's first home game as part of the American Indoor Football League is March 6 against a team from Atlanta.

The founder of the AIFL expansion team is TJ Williams, an Oakridge High School graduate. Many of the players introduced Thursday played high school or college football in West Michigan, including Ronald Johnson, who was a part of two state championship teams with Muskegon.

Muskegon students connect with manufacturers


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon Area Tech Center hosted a modern manufacturing day to bring together employers and teens getting ready to enter the workforce.

Two hundred students enrolled in engineering, manufacturing, and industrial technology classes were able to meet face to face with prospective employers. Students shared resumes and portfolios with companies looking to fill a skilled labor shortage in Muskegon, Kent, and Ottawa counties.

Employers say the students they hire from the Tech Center have a good understanding of what is needed when they start.

"We want to keep our students, our youth in the community," said Sasamon Parker, Placement Specialist, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center. "That is why it is important we host this event and all of us come together and let all of the community know that there are jobs in their backyard and they do not even have to leave town to look for jobs."