Missing Niles residents found dead in creek

Public safety officials work to assess the scene where two Niles residents missing since late Friday or early Saturday were located in a car submerged in the St. Joseph River. (Leader photo/MICHAEL CALDWELL)

Public safety officials work to assess the scene where two Niles residents missing since late Friday or early Saturday were located in a car submerged in a creek that is a tributary to the St. Joseph River. (Leader photo/MICHAEL CALDWELL)

Authorities have confirmed that two Niles area people missing since Friday night were found dead after a vehicle was recovered from a creek in Niles Township Sunday morning.

Steven Rough and Autumn Mehl, of Niles, were last seen leaving Jay’s Lounge late Friday night or early Saturday morning, according to Lieutenant Trent Babcock with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department.

During a search to find the missing people Sunday morning, Mehl’s white Toyota Camry was located in the St. Joseph River near the intersection of Bond and Beeson Roads in Niles Township.

Authorities remained on the scene Sunday morning while family members were notified.

Below is a press release from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department:

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department was contacted on Saturday and a missing persons report was filed for Steven William Rough and Autumn Chantell Mehl.

On Sunday volunteers assembled at the YMCA in Niles and began searching the area. Shortly after 9 a.m. a volunteer contacted the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and stated they believe to have found the missing vehicle on Bond Street near Fort Steet.

Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Niles City Police Department, Niles Township Fire Department, Niles City Fire Department and SMCAS ambulance responded to the scene.

The vehicle was located upside down in a creek and later two subjects were removed from the vehicle. The family has confirmed the identities of the subjects as Steven William Rough and Autumn Chantell Mehl.

At this time the accident remains under investigation with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department. No foul play is suspected and the contributing factors are currently unknown.

News

Niles man, 13-year-old passenger killed in Sodus Township crash

Cass County

PHOTO STORY: Old Rugged Cross Church hosts church, museum dedication

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Elks hosting annual Guys and Dolls Golf Outing

News

New general surgeon seeing patients in Niles

Edwardsburg

Michigan Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall stops in Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg

PHOTO STORY: Edwardsburg Area Chamber of Commerce hosts fall festival

News

Niles man sentenced to probation for drunk driving

News

PHOTO STORY: Uptown Fright Fest a success

News

PHOTO STORY: Niles student crowned Miss Apple Festival 2021

News

Three injured in Howard Township crash

Dowagiac

Medical event causes car to crash into Dowagiac Burger King

Cass County

Cassopolis man sent to prison on drug charges

Dowagiac

SMC recognized for turning students into citizens

Dowagiac

ETS program awarded grant from Department of Education

Cass County

Dowagiac man who broke elementary school windows sentenced to probation

Dowagiac

Changes to retirement benefits cause for concern among Cass County employees

News

Niles first ward residents ask for an end to gun violence in their community

Buchanan

Buchanan Area Senior Center raising funds to convert porch into sunroom

Cass County

Man arrested on drug charges in Mason Township

Cass County

Cass County Commissioners approve grant for Dowagiac River restoration

Business

Lyons Industries donates 12 thermal imaging cameras to Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department

Cass County

Niles man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: Sept. 13-14

Berrien County

Local emergency departments experiencing high volumes, wait times