Missing man located after hours long search.

December 15, 2018

Photo courtesy of Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

Missing man located after hours long search.


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

GRANT TOWNSHIP — Emergency personnel spent several hours early Saturday, Dec. 15, searching for 35-year-old Grand Rapids man who apparently fled on foot from deputies the previous evening.

According to Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast, deputies initially came across a vehicle that appeared to be broken down about 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, on West Arthur Road near 104th Avenue. Mast said the female occupant of the vehicle had told the deputy that her brother had left to get gas.

About 3 a.m., the female contacted the sheriff’s office and stated that her brother had been missing since the earlier contact, Mast said.

Mast said the Mason County Search and Rescue Team, a Department of Corrections search and rescue team, along with Michigan State Police and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter were called to locate the man. “The helicopter located the man hiding in a field just after 8 a.m.,” Mast said. “He was checked out by EMS and then turned over to his family. There was no criminal intent.”

Mast said that the man most likely had been under the influence of an illicit substance and did have a criminal history.

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