Two found after separate search and rescue operations
MANISTIQUE – Two separate incidents of lost individuals were solved Wednesday, following successful search and rescue operations. The incidents involved a 6-year-old boy and an 88 year-old man.
According to a press release from the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 11:10 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the west shore of Indian Lake for the report of the lost 6-year-old. The boy had been visiting family at a residence in the area, and had reportedly walked away while playing in the front yard.
After a brief search of the surrounding buildings and area, a Manistique Public Safety officer located the boy at 12:12 p.m. in a wooded area approximately ¼ of a mile from the residence. The boy was returned unharmed to his family.
Assisting with the search efforts were the Manistique Public Safety Department, Sault Tribe Police Department, Michigan State Police, Inwood and Thompson township fire departments, and several volunteers.
In the other incident, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at approximately 7:50 p.m. to Michibay Road in Doyle Township for the report of the 88-year-old man who walked away from his residence. The man had been gone for approximately three hours. Volunteers from the area began searching for the man, and he was located by a retired deputy at 8:20 p.m. The man was unharmed and returned to his residence.
“I’m very pleased with how our departments work quickly and efficiently when these situations arise,” said Sheriff Grant Harris. “It’s important to remember that time matters in these cases, and the sooner you report the incident, the better we can handle it. If something seems out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to call 911 and report it immediately.
We want people to know that we are here to take these types of calls anytime,” he added.