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Laker Life: Local man’s body found in Grand Lake Saint Marys

Local man found in lake | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

Local man found in lake | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian


Tré Billger was reported missing on Feb. 21 and been unaccounted for since Feb. 18. On Tuesday, March 17, Tré’s body was recovered by the Celina Fire Department Dive Team.

Celina police received the initial call just after 7 p.m. of the body near the shoreline along South Main Street at the lighthouse.

No new autopsy results have been released and it will take several weeks to be completed.

Tré Billger

Tré was 26 years old and the son of Deliha (Thomas) Kremer and Shawn Billger – both Celina residents.

He was employed at the Chouraku Japanese Steakhouse in Celina. He was step-father to Calvin and Hailey Seals, the children of his girlfriend, Maggie Mott.

Since his disappearance, there has been a fundraiser created by his father. The community has raised $6,390 of the $10,000 goal. The proceeds will go towards funeral expenses.

Local man, Tre Billger, found in Grand Lake | Photo provided by Deliha Kremer, mother of Tre
Local man, Tre Billger, found in Grand Lake | Photo provided by Deliha Kremer, mother of Tre

On March 20, family and friends had a candlelight vigil in his memory. At 9 p.m. they met at the lighthouse where his body was recovered.

“We’d like to thank the community for everything. We want to thank the police department, the fire department, the divers that went down, the pilots, the people that helped us search,” said Kremer. “We’d like to thank everyone.”

Funeral service

Because of the current coronavirus epidemic, those who were not immediate family were unable to attend the funeral in person. However, there is a recording on LehmanDzendzelFh.com for those who were wanting to pay their respects.

People who attended the online funeral service were able to light candles for Tré and plant trees in his memory. Those who were unable to attend were encouraged to play “Sunflower” by Post Malone in his memory.

“Help us keep his memory alive and honor him by helping each other and showing each other love. Let go of any hate in your heart. That’s the legacy that we want to make out of this travesty,” said Kremer.

How to help

People wanting to help are asked to pray for investigators by the family. People are encouraged to give any information they have about the situation to the Celina Police Department during this time. If they do not want their names in a discovery packet, they are asked to submit the information anonymously.

“We just want answers. We’re not looking to get somebody in trouble with somebody else. We just want to know what actually happened” said Kremer.

The family would like to pray for those who last saw him to come forward, along with those who may have been involved. The investigation is still ongoing.

If anyone has information pertaining to the situation, please contact Celina Police Department at 419-586-2345.



Roxanne Roessner

Wright Life and Laker Life Editor

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