October 27, 2020

Vehicle of missing man found in northern Michigan, police working to ID body found nearby

WEXFORD COUNTY, MI — A medical examiner is working to identify a body found near the abandoned vehicle of a missing man in northern Michigan.

Michigan State Police confirmed late Sunday night that the vehicle belonging to 88-year-old Karl Marker was found disabled in mud on a two-track road in Slagle Township, just south of Harrietta, in Wexford County.

“An area resident contacted local authorities to report the vehicle as abandoned,” per a Michigan State Police news release.

Marker has dementia and was last seen around 8 a.m. on Sept. 17, leaving his Kochville Township home to drive to Fashion Square Mall in Saginaw Township, where he would often go to walk for an hour.

Family members have scoured the state as part of a search for Marker, whose 88th birthday was Oct. 9, as well as offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his discovery.

A body was found in close proximity to the vehicle as police scoured the area.

Michigan State Police Lt. Liz Rich told MLive that the person’s identity cannot be confirmed by law enforcement until dental records are used by the medical examiner’s office.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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