Second search planned for missing festival goer, volunteers needed.

July 25, 2018

Kevin Graves

Second search planned for missing festival goer, volunteers needed.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.


ROTHBURY — A search for 28-year-old Kevin Graves of Oakland County, who was last seen July 1 at the Electric Forest Festival, is planned for Saturday, July 28, beginning at approximately 10 a.m. across the street from the Wesco convenience store.

A search Monday of the Double JJ Resort, the venue where the festival is held, did not locate Graves.

Shiawassee Search and Rescue, a private nonprofit organization, is asking for volunteers to help Saturday, but volunteers must be prepared.

“Shiawassee Search and Rescue conducted a search for missing man Kevin Graves on the grounds of the Double JJ Ranch on

Kevin Graves

Monday, July 23, 2018. Kevin has not been located yet. On Saturday, July 28, 2018, SSAR will be conducting another search mission in/on, near or around that area,” states a press release from Graves’ family posted on the Facebook page “Help us find Kevin Graves.

“SSAR will convene on private property across the street from the Wesco in Rothbury, Michigan (address of Wesco is 7588 S. Michigan Ave., Rothbury, MI 49452). They are asking that if you would like to volunteer, please arrive there at about 10 a.m. (Keep in mind that they come from three hours away, so time is approximate, please be patient).

“Searching can be strenuous and you should be in good health, well rested, as well as hydrated and nourished if you plan on volunteering as a searcher. You are responsible for yourself and your health.

“Please dress accordingly. Take into consideration the weather and its conditions, as well as natural habitat of wooded areas. You may

Kevin Graves

consider an extra set of clothing, including boots and socks. Also bug spray, bottled water, a walking stick, a well charged cell phone and camera. You should wear highly visible clothing if you have it, florescent yellow/green/orange t-shirt or vest with reflective material if possible. You could come upon wetlands, you may want rubber boots, or waders, and extra dry socks and shoes or boots.

Graves’ family is offering a $10,000 reward for his return.

Sgt. David Bach of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Highland Township Outpost, said he has received several calls of sightings of Graves.

“A worker at a gentlemen’s club in Oregon said she had seen him there,” Bach said. “We’re working on getting the video.”

There was also a sighting of Graves in the Stony Lake area, Bach said.

“At this time, there have been multiple sightings of him,” the sergeant said. “We’ve had sightings over in Oregon but here in Michigan at the same time. We’re getting them from all over the place. We continue to follow up as much as we can.”

The Hart post of the Michigan State Police is assisting with the case.

Family members have displayed “missing person” posters in the Muskegon and Rothbury areas. His brother, Tim Graves, said that Kevin had been at the festival with his girlfriend. The two had an argument and Kevin was supposedly going to return to his tent, but was not found there.

Kevin Graves has sandy blond hair and blue eyes and is about 6-feet tall and 185 pounds with a medium build. He has a USMC tattoo on his left shoulder.

Anyone with information about Kevin Graves’ whereabouts is asked to call the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office at (248) 858-4950, the Michigan State Police Hart Post (231) 873-2171, or Mason-Oceana 911 (231) 869-5858.

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