Missing Doctor Found Dead in Frozen Pond

It was discovered Tuesday that a Michigan physician who went missing last week was dead in a frozen pond near his home.

The body of Bolek Payan was retrieved from an icy pond in Jackson County around 12:30 p.m. The Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety said investigators retrieved security footage from the doctor’s home on Monday that showed him leaving the residence on foot Thursday afternoon.

Prior to cutting holes in the ice covering the pond, police dogs, drones and officers searched the woods around Payan’s home.

“Detectives believe Dr. Payan would have been deceased, prior to when he was reported missing, due to the weather conditions on the day that he left his residence and the fact that he was in the water,” according to law enforcement.

According to Nicole Keiser, Payan dropped off his dogs at Henry Ford Hospital around 8 a.m. on Thursday and was expected to pick them up that evening.

It was “out of character” for Keiser to drive home without getting the dogs before Payan’s body was found, he told WILX-TV.

According to his bio on Henry Ford Health’s website, Payan specialized in psychiatry. According to Henry Ford Health, he graduated from Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017.

A toxicology test and autopsy will be performed by the county medical examiner on Payan.