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January 2003
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Body Assumed to be Island Woman

The body of a woman was discovered Saturday, December 7, by a resident walking his dog along the shoreline near the Cemex cement plant south of that city. He contacted the Charlevoix County authorities who have tentatively identified the body as that of a Beaver Island woman whose plane has been missing for the past month.

Sheriff George Lasater said that his department has turned over the remains to the county medical examiner's office and that an autopsy has been ordered to make a positive identification. For now, the body is assumed to be that of Judy Ellen Bellamy, 55, of Beaver Island.

Bellamy and her husband, Melvin, were returning to the Island after a trip. They were last seen fueling their plane in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. When their plane was reported missing, United States Coast Guard, Civil Air Patrol and many local pilots hunted the waters around the archipelago for clues but were unable to discover any sign of either the couple nor their plane. Melvin Bellamy's body and the plane have not been found as of yet.

Unfortunately, finding Judy’s body did not shed light on this mystery.

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