WMU News

Body found Sunday at Asylum Lake identified

May 5, 2004

KALAMAZOO--The body of a woman found Sunday at the Asylum Lake Preserve has been identified as Amy Sue Diment, 37, of Kalamazoo.

Diment's death has been ruled a homicide by Western Michigan University's Department of Public Safety, which is heading up the investigation because the preserve is University-owned property.

Described as a longtime resident of Kalamazoo, Diment's last-known address was on Walnut Street.

The victim had no known connection to the University, according to WMU Chief of Police Robert Brown, and police would like to talk with anyone who had contact with the victim in the past 30 days.

The body was discovered at about 5 p.m. Sunday, May 2, by two people walking in the preserve. An autopsy was performed at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing earlier this week. Fingerprints obtained during the procedure were used to identify the victim, whose identity was withheld until today so the family could be notified first.

The Asylum Lake Preserve is a 274-acre natural area located three miles southwest of WMU's main campus on Drake Road between Parkview Avenue and Stadium Drive. The area is dedicated to passive recreational activities and has long been used by the entire community for such activities as hiking and wildlife observation.

Anyone with information that would be helpful to the investigation may contact WMU Public Safety at (269) 387-5555 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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